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Wild in the City: Exploring the Intertwine: The Portland-Vancouver Region's Network of Parks, Trails, and Natural Areasby Michael C Houck
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The second edition of the highly acclaimed Wild in the City brings over 100 of the best parks, trails and natural areas to your fingertips. This comprehensive "must-have" reference will be the go-to field guide for hikers, cyclists, paddlers, bird watchers, and nature enthusiasts.
This revised and updated edition contains all new maps organized according to watershed and includes twenty-eight unique "rambles" that explore multiple sites for recreation, wildlife viewing, or simply contemplating the joys of nature.
New natural history essays by such well-known writers as Ursula K. Le Guin, Kim Stafford, Robin Cody, Judy BlueHorse Skelton, Robert Michael Pyle, Jonathan Nicholas, and Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, offer fresh perspectives on the little pockets and expansive corridors of Portland's wild environs. The book also examines the innovative strategies that cities, agencies, and nonprofits are using to create an ecologically sustainable metropolitan region.
This invaluable resource will be an essential guide for educators and parents who want to explore the region's natural wonders with their students and children. Included are tips on living with wildlife, as well as a new section that provides essential information for how urban living and green spaces intersect.
Book News Annotation:
Co-published by the Audubon Society of Portland and the Oregon State University Press, this fine natural history of the cities on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers contains short chapters describing specific birds, mammals, trees, hikes, parks, paddles, a wealth of facts and memories of natural places and experiences, and discussion of initiatives and policies for increasing and protecting the urban watersheds and natural areas. All descriptions of hikes and paddles include detailed directions. The second edition features new essays by well-known local writers and many new hikes and paddles. A pleasure to browse, the volume is filled with excellent maps and drawings. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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