Fruit-producing shrubs such as huckleberries, salal, Oregon grape, and beaked hazelnut are an important component of social history and traditional tribal diets in the Pacific Northwest. The fruits of these shrubs are also an important food source for foraging wildlife and pollinators, and serve as the basis for both non-tribal harvesting and small-scale commercial operations.
Alaska’s boreal forest represents approximately 15 percent of forested area in the United States.
Mount St. Helens is an extraordinary natural laboratory for students to learn about geology, landscape dynamics, and species regeneration, hopefully, while stimulating their interest in the natural sciences!
Tracking the rare animal in Oregon's coastal forest
Climate change is altering the coastal environment in southeast Alaska, with direct impacts on valued coastal resources. From sea level rise to glacial retreat, the shoreline itself is undergoing dynamic changes—sometimes at unprecedented rates. It is not known how such physical changes in the coastal environment will affect the natural resources—like clams, crabs, seaweeds, and beach asparagus