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Forecast: Winter and back to work

Snow on the hills in the headwaters of the Walla Walla River in NE Oregon

For those of you who have been following my hiking adventures this summer and fall as I work to revise and republish Wendell Wood’s 1991 “Walking Guide to Oregon’s Ancient Forests”, welcome to the latest installment. This will also be my last post on this subject for a while, as my sabbatical is at an end I will be returning to my regular job as Western Oregon Field Coordinator for Oregon Wild next week. That doesn’t mean the book is done, though!

September in our Ancient Forests

"Chicken of the woods" popping out on a down log in the Coast Range

Some rain has fallen, a chill is in the morning air, and it’s officially fall hiking season! Thank goodness, because it’s hard to hike where there is fire… I’m hoping for a pleasant and long transition into winter so I have plenty of time to get to more ancient forest hikes before the snows lock me out. So many more places to explore before then! 

Changing forests, many trails

The past month has been a flurry of hike activity - from the State Parks on the north coast, to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (currently under threat of

Adventure Awaits in our Ancient Forests

Ancient forest in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness

A month and a half in to my book sabbatical (read Blog #1 here), the summer is flying by too quickly. How does one get started on a book project?! I think I'm figuring it out...

Following the Trail Before Me

Since Oregon Wild’s inception in the 1970s, protecting ancient forests has been a key part of the organization’s work

A Brewfest for Earth Day

Earth Day 2017 dawned bright and breezy in Eugene - an auspicious beginning to a day full of events with the Oregon Brewshed Alliance. First, we set up for a river and park clean-up and maintenance event at Clearwater Park in Springfield.

On the March

From Paris to L.A. to Antarctica - all across the country and the world - women and advocates for human rights stood together this past Saturday to demand continued progress toward human equity, social justice, and reproductive health.

Politicians Can't Clearcut to Prosperity

Politicians in western Oregon counties have been complaining for years that tax dollars are scarce and they can’t balance their budgets. Their solution? Flush those scarce tax dollars down the toilet on a harebrained scheme to sue the federal government and increase clearcutting on public lands.

Google on my back: Trekker helps Oregon Wild advocate for backyard forests

Today, Oregon Wild announced the publication of new trail images on Google Maps, in partnership with the technology company. With the help of some other staff and volunteers, I "collected" these images earlier this summer - possibly drawing a few interested double-takes from anyone who saw us out hiking with a big spherical camera system on a funny looking backpack…

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