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Gold rush


Oregonians could earn themselves $100 by finding evidence of a rare plant, the golden paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta), a species thought to be extinct in the state for nearly 100 years.

The golden paintbrush, which exists in only 11 known locations in Canada and Washington state, is listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

According to scientists, the plant needs 15 viable populations with 1,000 specimens each in order to remain sustainable.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes to establish four paintbrush populations in Oregon. If they find the plant alive anywhere in the state, it will help them determine the best locations to get those new populations going.

Good luck, eagle-eyed Oregonians!