We checked out Moreland Woods yesterday on behalf of the Greater Worcester Land Trust. Conditions were far from ideal for determining fungal diversity. It hasn't rained in at least a week, so there may be species there for which we had no evidence. As things were, though, there wasn't much to be found. The most common fungus appears to be a large white Lactarius species, at least judging by the number of dried-up mushroom "corpses" that we found. There were perhaps 10 species of Russula, maybe a half dozen Lactarius and a smattering of other fungi all together.
I made only three collections myself:
There are two brooks that cross the property, but both were reduced to little more than mud puddles when we saw them yesterday, and judging by the amount of plant overgrowth, it looks to me like that's their normal condition. The most common ground cover plant, by a substantial margin, is poison ivy. Some areas around the dried-out brooks were so overgrown with the it, and with Virginia creeper, that they were practically impassible without a machete.
While I wasn't specifically looking for them, I didn't see many animals or evidence of animal activity. I suspect that there's little more than the usual assemblage of semi-urban animals in the place: squirrels, chipmunks, rats, maybe a few raccoons and skunks.
Whatever happens to Moreland Woods, the place needs a lot of restoration work. It's too bad that the oft-mentioned "tragedy of the commons" appears to be in full effect here. It might be a nice place to have in the neighborhood, and the neighborhood itself is certainly one of the nicest in Worcester. Instead, it looks like everyone who lives in the area regards Moreland Woods as somebody else's problem.