Looking for Lichen
Saturday – May 21, 2016
Approximately 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
You may have read our recent story on the discovery of a rare species of lichen at Margerum Ranch located in the East Cascades near Lyle, WA. The site is home to one of the region’s last remaining stands of mature Oregon white oaks (Quercus garryana), where rare species of lichen are found thriving. The Land Trust is offering a unique opportunity to visit Margerum Ranch while learning about the complexities and importance of lichen in an uncommon and extraordinary setting. The ranch’s 302 acres feature dramatic rolling hills with mountain range and river views.
One of the Northwest’s leading lichenologists, Daphne Stone, will co-guide the tour with Land Trust Stewardship Lead Kate Conley. We’ll venture across wildflowers and native grass hillsides above the glistening Klickitat River as we hunt for lichen and make our way to the magnificent and rare oak stands.
STRENUOUS – This tour will involve 3-5 miles of hiking on steep, off-trail terrain. The hike will require uphill and downhill movements on a hillside reaching 1500ft in elevation. The group will take frequent breaks and will move at a moderate pace. Assistance by guides provided. Please wear hiking boots that protect your ankles, or hiking shoes you feel comfortable in during uphill and downhill movements.
All transportation, snacks, and lunch are provided. Transportation departs from the Columbia Land Trust Vancouver office at promptly 8:00 a.m and returns at approximately 5:00 p.m.
Please note: A list of items to bring and a full itinerary will be sent to you via email 1-2 weeks prior to the tour date.