A Guide to Oregon's Ancient Forests

In 1991, Oregon Wild (then Oregon Natural Resources Council or ONRC) published a book by one of its longest serving staff members, Wendell Wood: "A Walking Guide to Oregon's Ancient Forests." Now, over 25 years later and two years after Wendell's untimely death, another Oregon Wild staffer, Chandra LeGue, is working to update and republish this "hiking guide that gives a damn." The new edition, called "Oregon's Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide" will include nearly a hundred hike descriptions to help forest lovers explore some of Oregon's last remaining ancient forests, while giving readers the context and appreciation they need to be advocates for our forest ecosystems in a political climate that often puts industry profits ahead of public values. The book is due out in July 2019 from Mountaineers Books. Stay tuned for more news on the the book's roll-out, pre-orders, and special events! 


This page will offer a compilation of blog posts and other project updates, ways to sponsor and support the publication of the guide, and other news and information about Oregon's precious old-growth forests.

Find the project on social media: ​Facebook @ORancientforests, Instagram @oregon_ancient_forests

Blog Post #1: Following the Trail Before Me

Blog Post #2: Adventure Awaits in our Ancient Forests

Blog Post #3: Changing Forests, Many Trails

Blog Post #4: September in our Ancient Forests

Blog Post #5: Forecast: Winter and Back to Work

Blog Post #6: A Tale of Two Ancient Forests

Blog Post #7: Women in the Woods