Northwest huckleberry (Vaccinium membranaceum). Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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.
Land managers have a strong interest in preserving and restoring these culturally important plant species across the Pacific Northwest. To aid monitoring, management, and restoration plans, researchers at the Pacific Northwest Research Station and their colleagues created this story map to showcase information on the ranges and phenologies (timing of flowering, fruiting, and other periodic life cycle events) of these species.