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Dorris Ranch: Deep roots

Camas bulbs and filbert trees


April 25, 2019

Having led a nomadic life for many of the years since I left home, the desire to tap roots has increased as I've aged.

The decade-plus that I have spent in the Willamette Valley has fueled that process, and as I explore the natural history of this area, my roots are growing deeper. I have enjoyed learning about the generations that lived here before my arrival. The natural resources that made life viable for the indigenous tribes and early settlers also have attracted me to settle here.

One of my favorite places to visit, nestled along the eastern banks of the meandering Willamette River,...

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