Berries for the Bear
Woohoo, new plants for the Canyon! Thanks to a small grant from the Fish & Wildlife people, I just purchased some new native plants to reintroduce to our riparian areas. Now, if you live in the NW you might think my choices a bit funny, but you have to remember that I’m working to restore a drastically overgrazed area to some kind of ecostasis. While the land has recovered amazingly, full of Alders, Cottonwoods, Willows, Maples and Canyon Walnuts we’re still missing some important wildlife (and people) foraging species. So today, I bought some Blackberries, Raspberries, Thimbleberries, Elderberries and a few Yerba Mansa plants. They should be here by the end of the week.
Of course, we’ll be wrestling the black bears and elk for the fruit, but hey, even a few plump sweet berries in a dry land will be a real treat. Rhiannon’s been doing little happy dances all evening over the joy of it. Pray for high survival rate, ok? Pray extra hard for the Yerba Mansa, I don’t have a great track record with growing them.
And right now I’m drinking the most lovely infusion made with wildcrafted Raspberry and Thimbleberry leaves. Wow, the yumminess!