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Foragers gather goods from the ground in Northwest

Foraging as you wander through woods provides new flavors, medicinal benefits

By Lauren Ellenbecker, Columbian staff writer
Published: November 29, 2022, 6:04am
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Eileen Cowen of Vancouver walks down a road at Shillapoo Wildlife Area to forage for berries, mushrooms and other goods.
Eileen Cowen of Vancouver walks down a road at Shillapoo Wildlife Area to forage for berries, mushrooms and other goods. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

At the end of Northwest Lower River Road, the pavement comes to a halt, but a worn foot trail continues to a magnificent white oak.

On a frigid, damp November afternoon, overcast skies illuminated the Shillapoo Wildlife Area’s green and gold plains. Rain-soaked soil released a potent blend of earthy smells uncommon in well-paved areas.

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