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

Oregon's Climate Change Fighting Forests

One of Oregon's greatest contributions to fighting climate change could be our carbon-storing forests.

Just the facts

In the mid-1980s the organization now known as Oregon Wild was only a very small group, but despite our size, we resolved to end the logging of old-growth forests in Oregon. At the time, two square miles per week of Oregon's ancient forests were being clearcut.

We were desperate to make news in this pre-internet era, when daily newspapers were the sole papers of community record, and the majority of citizens actually read them.

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