Winter Twigs and Greens
by Nancy Pezel, 25 February 2017.
A small but enthusiastic group of our members spent a couple of hours enjoying a walk along some of the trails off McLeod Road.
There the group learned how to identify western yew and western hemlock, how to differentiate between alder and cherry, that true firs have needles with notched tips, and that Cascara has naked buds. We also saw a variety of native shrubs including Bald-hip rose, salmonberry, thimbleberry, salal, Oregon grape, Spirea and Pacific Ninebark.
After working up a bit of an appetite, we enjoyed hotdogs on the campfire and the peaceful scenery of Hammill Lake before heading back up the trail and home.