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Botany in the Blues

July 11, 2020
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Blue Mountain Land Trust will host a summer class and field event, co-sponsored by the Washington Native Plant Society, that will facilitate a close-up look at the plant diversity of our local, northern-most Blue Mountains.

New this year to enhance participant understanding and knowledge of native plants, on Wednesday, July 8, in the evening, participants will attend an online presentation. Presentation access link will be provided by email. The class will focus on all of our local plant layers, and introduce some simple botanical terminology and various resources, to aid in plant recognition. In addition, the class will explore the larger picture of eco-regions and plant communities, discuss ecology and identification tips, and even provide a primer on easy-to-recognize lichen species.

On Saturday, July 11, the field event will travel to the Umatilla Rim Trail, coursing through both forest-clad and open riparian habitats of Johnson Creek and a small tributary. We will find a lush representation of most of the plant types that make up our northern-most Blues, from mosses, liverworts and lycopods, to orchids, other wildflowers, shrubs and trees.

Contact Katy Rizzuti at (509) 525-3136 or [email protected] for more information.

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