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Slide 21: Though the Palouse country of eastern Washington and western Idaho are separated by the Rocky Mountains and plateaus from the Great Plains of Nebraska, Kansas and the Dakotas, they are ecologically very similar to the Plains.  There are some species and landform differences that will be explained later. The author is on a highpoint of a hilly landscape south of Pullman, Washington. The valley in the background is the site where Robert Ford's great-grandfather staked out a homestead. The Ford's came to the Oregon Territory on the first wagon train with with Marcus Whitman, who settled around Walla Walla. The Whitmans were missionaries who were later massacred during a historic Blackfoot Indian uprising. You can learn more about this region's unique ecology, geology and history by by consulting the PCEI (Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute) based in Moscow Idaho. 

Credit: Courtesy Robert E. Ford, Westminster College of Salt Lake City.

Created 25 October 1998. Last updated 25 October 1998  by JDH.