In Trout Lake Valley, Skullcap Grows to Meet Demand.

Trout Lake Farm began organically growing medicinal herbs in Trout Lake Valley in 1973. Today it grows everything from echinacea to valerian on 280 acres (depending on what herbs are in demand). These days, the farm makes ample room for skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora), a herbaceous perennial in the mint family that’s known to reduce inflammation…

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Bobcat Sighting on the Klickitat

I was walking through a pine and oak forest at Bowman Creek, juggling a chainsaw and fencing tools, inspecting the barbed wire for winter damage. It was early April and the cattle on our neighbor’s property would be let out to graze in two weeks time. The cluster lilies and lomatiums were in full bloom…

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On the Wallacut, We’re Welcoming Back the Water.

We’re gearing up for Wallacut River restoration 2014! The Lower Columbia River Estuary is the last river stop in the epic journey of young salmon making their way to the ocean. The more food and shelter they find there, the stronger they’ll be when they hit the ocean, and the better their chances are to…

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We Join the Battle Against Indigobush in the Columbia River Gorge

Sometimes invasive species get so out of control, only a large-scale coordinated attack will eliminate them. Such is the case with indigobush (Amorpha fruticosa) in the Columbia River Gorge. Originally planted as an ornamental, this bush has taken over many miles of shoreline in the Gorge—and that’s not good. Indigobush forms dense thickets along rivers…

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Mussel Mass
With a healthy population of western pearlshells, Schoolhouse Creek is going strong.
Shored Up
Caring for this iconic Columbia River island requires vigilance...and some heavy equipment.
Fields of Joy
Vernal pools, balsam root, and uninterrupted views made Four Sisters worth saving.