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By Tracy Thompson
The Times 

Botany in the Blues; online presentation and field trip planned


WALLA WALLA—The Blue Mountain Land Trust is introducing their new Botany in the Blues series, co-sponsored by the Washington Native Plant Society. The conservation organization will facilitate a “close-up” look at the plant diversity of our local Blue Mountains.

Two options available: Join in on Wednesday, August 5th, at 7 p.m. for an online introduction to the local plant life found in our Blue Mountains accompanied by Emil’s Botany Booklet. Take this online session by itself and hit the trails on your own.

Or, combine it with a field trip with Emily Doyle on Saturday, August 8th, with a hike in the Sawtooth Ridge. This hike, south of Dayton, is one of the most easily accessible spines of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness Area within the Umatilla National Forest.

The focus of the hike will be on the trailside native botanical diversity, including trees, shrubs, and any remaining wildflowers, as well as ferns, mosses, and as many other varieties of land plants to be found.

The hike is about four miles round trip and includes a lunch spot with great views of the North Fork of the Wenaha River, as well as the Table Rock Lookout ridges to the west.

The trail altitude is about 5,500-5,600 Feet and undulates +/-80 feet, several times along the path.

Sign up for the online presentation or the presentation and field trip here:


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