HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

E.E. Wilson in February

Written February 25th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Here’s a quick reminder concerning the E.E Wilson Wildlife Area northwest of Albany in northern Benton County. I take an old bike out there now and then for a change of scenery.
Actually, scenery may not be the right word. Brush, ponds, more brush and plenty of berry bushes on almost completely flat terrain is what you find. Elsewhere they try to wipe out blackberries as an invasive species. Luckily, this anti-berry campaign has not yet affected this particular spot, and let’s hope it never does. Come August and September, plump and juicy berries make up the main attraction along the miles of roads in this former army training camp of the Second World War.

Roads? Well, the pavement remains on some of them, but usually there are no motorized vehicles at all. (Today there was one, though, parked, apparently a government pickup.) No cars is what makes the Wilson Wildlife Area attractive not only to birds and other wildlife, but to bike riders and dog walkers too. And there’s plenty of space, so no one gets in anybody’s way.. (hh)



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