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One City's Wilderness: Portland's Forest Park

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ISBN13: 9780870715884
ISBN10: 0870715887
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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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michael stahl, January 26, 2012 (view all comments by michael stahl)
I now pronounce me an expert on parks and field guides. After all I spend countless hours every week at home and during travels in parks I look primarily for birds and secondarily for all material that found itself there naturally. I photograph nature and take this data home to study it with one or more of the 39 Field Guides in my den. I love parks and field guides and so I am an expert.

Well enough about me. It was a pleasure to get the details of Portland’s huge Forest Park in the conceit of a Field Guide. Having never been to Portland, this book allowed me to fantasize about a walk on any of the 29 paths in this 5,100 acre park. The conditions on the trails are quite divergent both in ecological conditions and rigor. She details the flora and fauna that can be found in each mini environment so a rugged hiker or a bird watcher can determine which will suit them on any day.

The book has photos and checklists for the student or list maker and they are helpful for those who want to take notes on the ecosystem for data collecting or simply the joy of learning. It also has didactive sections informing the reader of the history of the park (it is not that old) and its geology.

There are some value-added features that help make it an enjoyable read. There are sidebars that inform the reader about trail names and the people they are named for. In addition to the detailed stories of the trails individually there is a fold out map of the entire park.

Next summer when I am again on the West Coast it seems that I will have to make a side trip to Portland so that I can experience Forest Park first hand.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780870715884
Author:
Houle, Marcy Cottrell
Publisher:
Oregon State University Press
Illustrator:
Goetze, Eric
Author:
Goetze, Eric
Subject:
Hiking -- Oregon -- Portland -- Guidebooks.
Subject:
Forest Park (Portland, Or.) Guidebooks.
Subject:
United States - West - Pacific (General)
Subject:
Hiking
Subject:
United States - Pacific - Oregon
Subject:
United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)
Subject:
Hiking-Oregon; Portland (OR)-guidebooks; Forest Park (Portland, OR)-guidebooks
Subject:
Travel-US Western States
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 in

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