Much of the forestland above the Illinois River in Southwest Oregon is a tangled mess of manzanita, shrubby hardwoods and ceanothus. Bushwhacking through it is a branch-to-the-face, boot-snagging, poison-oaky horror.
And this is one of the easy spots, says Portland State University Ph.D. student Charles Maxwell.
“Yeah, this one is a pretty accessible site relatively. Some are quite a bit further in,” he says.