When Jill Harding was growing up in Maple Valley, Washington, there was a patch of woods on her street where she nurtured a love of nature. Then the trees vanished, victims of urban development elbowing out from Seattle and Tacoma.
“Those woods won’t be there for other kids,” Harding says, a twinge of sadness still in her voice.
Yet here she was on a sunny August morning, helping to preserve a much different development site: the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s 200-year-old winter encampment. The land surrounding Fort Clatsop in northwest Oregon once more is cradled by conifers.
Harding (’92 Wildlife & Wildland Rec. Mgt.) is … » More …