Synopses & Reviews
"Many of North Americas truly great rivers flow in and through Oregon. This book is an essential tool for anyone who paddles, fishes, explores and wants to understand the natural historyand challengesfacing these amazing waterways. Thanks to Tim Palmer, now we have a field guide worthy of Oregons rivers."
John DeVoe, Executive Director of WaterWatch of Oregon
Despite Oregons watery reputation, that state has been without a field guide for its many rivers and streams. Eminent river conservationist, photographer, and author Tim Palmers Field Guide to Oregon Rivers
is the answer: an unprecedented reference that catalogs, river-by-river, the streams throughout the state.
Both a comprehensive natural history and a resource for how and where to enjoy these waters by hiking, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, and fishing, this handy and authoritative guide is a resource for seasoned river enthusiasts, natural resource workers, and curious recreationists alike. Its versatile formatconcise descriptions, maps, appendices, and an all-weather covermake for an ideal outdoor companion.
Field Guide to Oregon Rivers will enable readers, travelers, and researchers to glean basic information on rivers by offering an interpretive approach to over 100 streams in the states network of waterwaysindividuating each by its unique qualities, including geographic and natural features. Fifty illustrations identify common riparian plants and animals, and 150 photographs of Tim Palmers award-winning photographs showcase the variety and grandeur of Oregon's magnificent but threatened river estate.
Despite Oregons watery reputation, the state has lacked a field guide for its many celebrated rivers and streamsuntil now. Preeminent river conservationist, photographer, and author Tim Palmers Field Guide to Oregon Rivers is an unprecedented reference that profiles 120 waterways throughout the state, from the Alsea to the Williamson.
Field Guide to Oregon Rivers offers readers, travelers, and recreationalists an interpretive approach to the states network of waterways. The book begins with a natural history of Oregons riversgeology, climate, hydrology, plants, animals, and ecology. Then in ten chapters organized by watersheds, Palmer presents portraits of individual rivers, with a summary of its character, notes about its nature and fish, and comments about ongoing threats along with protection efforts. He points to opportunities for seeing the river, hiking along its shores, fishing, and exploring by canoe, kayak, raft, or drift boat.
The guide concludes with a series of appendices addressing the Best River Running, the Best Hiking Along Rivers, the Best Fishing, Oregons Finest Natural Rivers, and more. With fifty illustrations identifying common riparian plants and animals, and 150 of Palmers award-winning photographs showcasing the variety and grandeur of Oregons magnificent river estate, this volume is an ideal outdoor companion for all Oregonians and visitors to the state.
About the Author
Tim Palmer left a career in landscape architecture and land-use planning in 1980 to pursue his life-long interest in rivers. He now writes, photographs, and works toward river conservation full-time. His twenty books include Rivers of America, Field Guide to California Rivers, and Oregon: Preserving the Beauty and Spirit of the Land. Palmer was named one of the ten greatest river conservationists of our time” by Paddler Magazine, and his writing and photography earned him the first Lifetime Achievement Award from American Rivers. Palmers ambition is to inspire others to enjoy and protect the rivers of Oregon and America. For more information, visit Palmers website: www.timpalmer.org.