People & Nature

Thrillers: Native Lilies Can Show Land is Healthy

A late bloomer, the green banded mariposa lily (Calochortus macrocarpus ) thrills when it finally emerges. The purple-pink petals pop against the sandy hues of the arid western landscapes that are its preferred habitat. Those who happen upon one are stopped in their tracks….as Stewardship Coordinator Emily Matson was this July 19 on the Rowena…

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100 Days a Year Fishing? Yep. How the Hood River Made One Man’s Life

Ask Greg Short what he does for a living and he won’t answer with the title of his job (maintenance manager at Heirloom Orchards). Instead he answers with his passion. “I’m a sportfisherman,” Short says. “It’s not a side hobby. It’s a huge part of my life.” Last year, Short spent nearly 100 days fishing.…

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Meadowscaping Brings Life to Portland Gardens.

Lawns may be common, but they provide little benefit to bugs, bees, and birds—nor do they filter storm water well. That’s why Columbia Land Trust has partnered up with Pacific Northwest Urban Meadowscaping. Our collective goal is to create an easy-to-implement program that will inspire homeowners to replace their non-native grass lawns with gorgeous Willamette…

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