Unloved survivors


Rightfully enthralled with the Northwest's magnificent cathedral-like old-growth forests, most people seem unaware of the existence of ancient species like the diminutive shrub Kalmiopsis leachiana (HCN, 9/19/11, "The mirage of the pristine"). It inhabits an ancient hardscrabble wilderness home with other survivors of climate change, ice age and millennia. To me, the primordial genetic code of plants like this and the wild landscape where they find refuge are pristine -- and neither is a mirage.

Barbara Ullian
Grants Pass, Oregon

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