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Natural meadows, from the high cascades to the coast, are disappearing. We investigate what's happening to these diverse ecosystems and the species that depend on them. Meet 98-year old Frankie Dugal carries on a ranch tradition of horse-hair "mecate" ropemaking. And we travel to Washington's Methow Valley to see a new winter outdoor recreation, known as fat biking.

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Disappearing Meadows

We investigate why natural meadows are disappearing from the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon Field Guide

Mecate Rope Makers

At 98 years old, Frankie Dugal carries on a ranch tradition of horse-hair “mecate” ropemaking, a skill she's passing on to the next generation in the southeast Oregon town of Jordan Valley.

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Fat Bikes, a Climate Changing Recreation

We travel to Washington's Methow Valley to see how they're adopting a new form of recreation - fat bikes.

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Major Support Provided By:
William K. Blount Family
Carol and Velma Saling Foundation

Additional Support Provided By:
Coit Family Foundation
Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird
Christine and David Vernier
Greenfield/Hartline Habitat Conservation Fund of the Nature Conservancy.

Special thanks for support by:
The Roundhouse Foundation, Nonnie Cole, Barbara Emily Knudsen Charitable Foundation, Bonnie and Peter Reagan, Dr. Andrew McIvor and Dr. Maura Conlon McIvor