Drought, heat put stress on huckleberry plants, grizzlies — and human pickers

By | August 2, 2015

Huckleberry bushesThe Daily Inter Lake reports that despite scattered showers over the past month, Northwest Montana’s huckleberry crop is feeling the effects of a notably dry, hot year that kicked off with a dismal snowpack followed by a record-breaking drought and heat wave. “With the drought and heat we’ve had, it’s really stressed the plants, so we’re seeing [berries] about three weeks to a month ahead of time,” said Chantelle Delay, a botanist for the Flathead National Forest. “It’s a response to stress. They need to reproduce, so they’ll put all their energy into reproduction.” Read the full story here.

 

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