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One City's Wilderness: Portland's Forest Parkby Marcy Cottrell Houle
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Situated in the rugged hills west of Portland, Oregon, Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world and the only city wilderness park in the United States. The park is home to hundreds of native plants and animals and offers more than eighty miles of trails — all within minutes of downtown Portland.
This updated and expanded edition of One City's Wilderness provides directions to twenty-nine hikes of varying length, difficulty, and scenery, covering every trail within the 5,100-acre park. Each hike is illustrated with a new, full-color map, and a fold-out, full-color map of the entire park is included inside the back cover.
Marcy Houle shares the history of Forest Park, introduces the people who fought to preserve it, and explores the role stewards play today. She describes the park's critical wildlife corridor, its exceptional watersheds, and important native interior forest habitat. She encourages people of all ages to take an "All Trails Challenge" — learning about the unique nature of the park by exploring every trail. The book also includes bird, plant, and mammal checklists and eighty-four color photographs of native plants and birds.
For its recreational and educational opportunities as well as its extraordinary natural beauty, Forest Park is unquestionably America's premier urban forest. One City's Wilderness, in its updated third edition, continues to be the authoritative, complete guide to Portland's greatest natural resource.
Book News Annotation:
The 3rd edition of this superb guide now features new, highly detailed, color maps of each of the 29 hikes, with topographic lines clearly visible along with the main and adjacent trails, roads, and other features. Each map is accompanied by a chart of the hike's elevation changes. Also new to this edition is a chapter on watersheds and 84 color photos of birds and vegetation as well as views of the trails. Checklists are included for plant, mammals, and birds and a fold-out map of the entire 5100-acre park is also provided. Remarkably, the 29 hikes, each described in detail, cover every trail within this immense park. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Marcy Cottrell Houle is the author of Wings for My Flight, which received an Oregon Book Award and a Christopher Award, and The Prairie Keepers: Secrets of the Zumwalt, a New York Times Earth Day Selection and an Oregon Book Award Finalist. She lives on Sauvies Island, Oregon.
Erik Goetze is a Portland web designer, cartographer, and panoramic photographer who has designed maps for several books, including The Northwest Nature Guide, Portland Forest Hikes, and the award-winning Walk There!Erik Goetze created the maps included in One City's Wilderness. He is a Portland web designer, cartographer, and panoramic photographer who has designed maps for several books, including The Northwest Nature Guide, Portland Forest Hikes, and the award-winning Walk There!
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