PORTLAND — In a cornflower blue dress shirt with applique floral designs and a gray snapback with the phrase “Land Back” stitched on the front, Gabe Sheoships walked through the forest paths at Tryon Creek. Along the way, he talked about the first foods and medicines that line the bark chip trail — elderberry, thimbleberry, salmonberry, nettles.
“We’re trying to shift the narrative that forest areas should be just recreation,” Sheoships said. “Groups have come out to harvest nettle and also pulled cedar and gathered different ferns for weaving. So I think there’s a strong history here that we’re hoping to reconnect to.”
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