The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

By Sean C. Morgan
Of The New Era 

Ranger district offers guidance in the fine art of finding hidden gems along the river


September 7, 2011

Spend a little bit of time in the right place on the Sweet Home Ranger District, you’ll find quite a bit of zeolite and, if on a good day, agates and jaspers hidden among the rocks along the South Santiam River – especially after the stormy rainy season this year.

You can pick them up and keep them with a few limitations, and the Sweet Home Ranger District is showing people how and where to do it as part of its annual list of scheduled heritage hikes. Scientists from the district lead the way for laymen. “People have loved rocks forever,” said Tony Farque, district archaeologis...

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