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Bee pollinating a camas flower near the Willamette River. © M. Evelyn
Camas: culturally signficant and beautiful
Crystal Durbecq | January 26, 2016

If you don’t already have camas in your yard, here are some reasons why you should.

Daffodils © C. Durbecq
Spring Has Sprung in the Willamette Valley, Is It Early?
Crystal Durbecq | March 9, 2015

Local plants may provide some clues as to whether spring is truly early this year.

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Conservation Neighbor: Mary Eichler
Crystal Durbecq | September 24, 2014

Mary Eichler abides by a simple principle, “Do no harm.” She accomplishes this everyday by blending conservation principles with her livelihood.

Chrysolina hyperici © M. Evelyn
The Secret Life of a Bio-Control Agent: The St. Johnswort Beetle
Crystal Durbecq | June 16, 2014

While bio-controls, such as the St. Johnswort beetle, may never fully eliminate invasive weeds, it is worth the time to consider the important role these critters play in keeping them in check.

WiseWords Community Garden by Bart Everson, wikimedia commons
Rising Up: It’s Time to Think About Raised Bed Gardening
Crystal Durbecq | March 31, 2014

If you are thinking about getting your garden growing, raised beds might be a good choice to consider.

Bee pollinating a camas flower near the Willamette River. © M. Evelyn
Findings from the Willamette River Vegetative Survey and Assessment
Crystal Durbecq | January 15, 2014

The first project of the Willamette Mainstem Cooperative (WMC) was a two-year survey of plants and habitat. Dick Brainerd summed up the findings in a report that is being used as a management tool. This post summarizes the report’s findings.

Crystal and her wild bounty & copy; M. Knight
Adventures in Wild Harvesting
Crystal Durbecq | September 6, 2013

Everyone needs hobbies, one of mine happens to be the harvesting of wild edibles.

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