Chatting and bushwhacking: Naturalists share their knowledge of the Montana Creek conservation property on a weekend hike

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Hikers, naturalists and mosquitos alike gathered to wander the blueberry-filled and knee-high bushes while learning about some of Juneau’s wetland meadows.

Two Discovery Southeast naturalists, Richard Carstensen and Steve Merli led a group of around 30 adults of all ages — decked out in raincoats, Xtratuf boots and trekking poles — through a few hours of hiking in the high brush and marshy terrain of the Montana Creek conservation property to learn more about the land and elements of its makeup on Saturday morning.

The hike was a collaboration between the Southeast Alaska Land Trust and Discovery Southeast, a nonprofit organization that has worked to introduce children and families

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