Banner year for local berry pickers


Orin Pierson / Petersburg Pilot

Sunny Rice, Chelsea Tremblay and Chris Weiss collected highbush cranberries, bog blueberries and more on Monday's foraging excursion to the Stikine River, a part of the Tongass Rainforest Festival.

The abundance of outdoor opportunities in Southeast creates a haven for those willing to explore the almost unlimited potentials. Often times that exploration can lead to personal growth and finding new hobbies that quickly become passions. For Bev Siercks, picking wild berries means wine making, and relaxing amongst the trees and assorted berry patches.

Growing up in North Dakota, Siercks occasionally picked berries, but since moving to Petersburg it's become a lifestyle. Especially this year, because a lot of the local berries ripened early, yielding larger, sweeter wild berries. When...

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