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Huckleberry Study: Pick Their Future

Posted by Loren Drummond at Aug 14, 2012 03:10 PM |

Do you pick or harvest big huckleberry on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest? Then take the survey to ensure they'll always be there for you.

The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Forest and the Tulalip Tribes are taking a close look at the big huckleberry, and they need your help.

With the help of researchers at the University of Washington, the two groups are studying the social, economic, and cultural significance of big huckleberry to the people, including hikers, who pick and harvest them.

Over the next decade, the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie Forest will be developing management plans that have the potential to affect the abundance of, and access to, big huckleberry gathering areas. They hope the study results will ensure that big huckleberry harvester values and concerns are taken into account in planning and decision-making processes.

Pick huckleberries on your hikes? Have your say

Do you pick or harvest big huckleberries on your hikes in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest? Then take the 10-minute online survey.

Have questions or want more information about the study? Email Joyce Mastenbrook at jklm@uw.edu.

A little more about the big

Big huckleberry (Vaccinium membranaceum), also known as mountain, black, or thin-leaf huckleberry occurs on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest from 2,500 to 6,000 feet in elevation. Big huckleberries mature in late summer.

Find out which hikes have ripe berries all over the state right now with the WTA advanced Trip Report search.

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