Willow (Salix spp.)

Willow (Salix spp.)

Willow is a challenging plant to taxonomically identify on the species level.  There is constant cross-breeding and nomenclature can be a challenge.  Most of the willow that we see in the high country is bushy in stature and usually nestled next to streams and bodies...
Gentian (genus Gentiana)

Gentian (genus Gentiana)

This short little flower has some vibrant blue and purple hues.  It does well at a high elevation (i.e. 10,500 feet) and is a well-known gastrointestinal tonic.  When I think of an old school tonic for the gut I think of gentian (GI tonic) and scutellaria (a...
Fire and Water Quality

Fire and Water Quality

Forest fires, as we saw recently, in South Park with the Weston Pass fire can be traumatic for people, livestock, wildlife, soil health, and water quality.  People discussed charred pine needles dropping out of the sky like rain.   Fire can be life threatening,...
Promoting Biodiversity at Beaver Ponds

Promoting Biodiversity at Beaver Ponds

We embrace biodiversity at Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center.  In Germany a common slogan is “Im wasser ist heil” which translates to “in water is health”.  Clean water ingested by microbial and invertebrate populations trickles through the food chain to...
Healing Herbs and Plants

Healing Herbs and Plants

Topical Sage Recent research in Egypt uncovered an underground embalming chamber.  One of the substances that they are curious about in this process is volatile or essential oils that may have been used in the process.  These volatile oils, besides being used in...