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Native plants focus of Dishman Hills guided hike

A hiker pauses by a bitterroot blooming in the Dishman Hills Natural Area. (Rich Landers)
A hiker pauses by a bitterroot blooming in the Dishman Hills Natural Area. (Rich Landers)

NATURE -- Sylvia Eberspecher of the Northeastern Washington Native Plant Society is leading a native plant hike in the Iller Creek Conservation Area of the  Dishman Hills on Saturday.

 
Learn about native plants during a leisurely hike through a semiarid ponderosa pine forest with lovely wildflowers, a wetter forest habitat that includes hemlock, grand fir and Pacific yew, and a very special creek corridor.
 
If you take half the walk (2.5 hours), bring water and a snack. If you take the entire walk (about 5 hours), bring plenty of water and a lunch.
 
The route involves some steep stretches -- wear sturdy shoes or boots. 
 
The outing is free, but pre-register with Eberspecher, (209) 379-5881, for details and car-pooling instructions.



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Rich Landers
Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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