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Hurricane Ridge

Making It Grow Minute

  On our west coast vacation, we visited Hurricane Ridge at the Olympic National Park. With almost a million acres, the animals there do not fear humans and as we walked to a look out point, a fat fuzzy fellow snuffled along the path undisturbed by our presence. It was a marmot which is the out west name for woodchucks. A few minutes later, three black tailed female deer continued to graze as we passed by them, and a moment later we saw a male with antlers still in velvet. This magnificent land area has been designated a world heritage center due to the diversity of animals and plants – partially due to the temperate rainfall portion which normally receives over 180 inches of precipitation annually. I was especially fascinated by the incredible diversity of lichens this moist, pristine eco-system supports.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.