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Season 29, Episode 9

We join scientists at work to see how drones are changing the way field research is done. With climate change taking a toll on the region's oysters, some shellfish farmers are looking to a native grass to help. A peaceful retreat in the woods, called The Shire, played an outsized role in the preservation of the Columbia River Gorge. And enjoy a stunning photoessay of the Valley of The Giants.

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Major Support Provided By:
Carol and Velma Saling Foundation
William K. Blount Family

Additional Support Provided By:
Coit Family Foundation
Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird
Christine and David Vernier
Greenfield/Hartline Habitat Conservation Fund of the Nature Conservancy.

Special thanks for support by:
The Roundhouse Foundation, Barbara Emily Knudsen Charitable Foundation, Bonnie and Peter Reagan, Lee and Marcia Stevenson and Elaine Whitley