Riparian Old Growth Plant Walk
This walk takes place at Springboard Park in Salmo, a 5-10 minute walk from the conference site. This walk takes place in a remnant of the Riparian Cedar Old Growth that once covered most of the valley here. As well as the large Cedars and Cottonwoods that are the foundation of this ecotype we will look first at some of the plants growing along the sunny edge of the park including: Balsam Fir (Abies grandis), Cascara (Rhamnus purshiana), Wormwood (Artemesia absinthium), Horsetail (equisetum spp) and Hawthorn (Crataegus douglasii), then move on to the plants growing along the river in the shade of the cedars including: Devil’s Club (Oplopanax horridum), Trillium (Trillium ovatum), Wild Sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis) and Wild Ginger (Asarum caudatum).
- Identify by sight several new plants
- Know the uses of those plants, whether for food, medicine or other technology
- Know how to properly harvest and prepare the plants for use.