Ore. botanist bushwhacks in rugged country

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In this July 24, 2013 photo, botanist Mark Darrach, right, and his associate Tom Brumbelow make their way through the backcountry of the Umatilla National Forest near Pendleton, Ore., Whether climbing into thick patches of alder or inching down a steep, rocky gully, Darrach constantly keeps his eyes on the ground. A botanist on the Umatilla National Forest for eight seasons, Darrach can easily identify the usual suspects on these site expeditions. He hikes far off trails, carefully documenting different trees, shrubs and grasses, compiling a full list of resources in any given area of the 1.4-million-acre woods. (AP Photo/East Oregonian, E.J. Harris)