Our woodlands are important to clean water and vibrant healthy ecosystems. The woodlands and the water bodies and ways they buffer also present tremendous recreational opportunities. Take a walk, view plants and animals, fish, run, bike, boat, float or raft. Go alone or with friends, family or a guided group. Getting out into the great outdoors is fun and healthy.
Part I of this series, published in January, gave an overview of the region's public lands and their recreation possibilities.
As spring gives way to summer, it's a good time to think about water fun.
Some of the parks have lakes, some fed by clear mountain streams and springs, and are surrounded by lovely woodlands, which provide opportunities to boat, fish and swim. They are also good places to learn and practice water and paddling skills and techniques.
Activities on rivers and creeks present wonderfully different views of the countryside than those we usually see. Because the water is moving and you are generally going with the flow, they present opportunities to view plants and animals, particularly birds, sometimes while taking it easy. Their journeys take them through public and private lands. They can be accessed from road bridge crossings, in parks and other public places.