The new NWIFC Magazine is online and features a story about how the Nisqually Tribe rescued a rare and culturally important plant. From the Magazine:
Two hundred camas bulbs that were almost buried under a new road are now part of the Nisqually Tribe’s community garden.
“We got these plants out just in time,” said Caitlin Krenn, the community garden coordinator. A work party of volunteers quickly mobilized last spring to salvage the plants before they were paved over with a new by-pass in Yelm.
The two-year-old community garden is located in the upland portion of the Nisqually sxwda?deb Cultural Center, a former ranch the tribe purchased almost 10 years ago as part of a salmon habitat restoration project.
“Our major villages were usually located between fishing sites and camas prairies,” said Geor-gianna Kautz, the tribe’s natural resources manager.