paper, 427 pp., $24.95
A group of local naturalists describes the beauty and delights of nature in this guidebook to the Portland-Vancouver region. In their exceptionally informative reviews, they tell of the historical significance and character of the region; report on the exact location of a site and its particular attractions; and provide directions on how to get there by car, bike, or public transit. The map illustrations are welcome guides to visitors and armchair explorers alike. The stories of the wildlife activities in semi–urban areas are enchanting and reflect the importance of nature to the urban community. At the same time, these narratives will give the reader an occasional chuckle at the antics of fauna. High kudos go to the editors and essayists of this “ecologically friendly” work that serves as an example of successful integration of nature into an urban environment or vice versa.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden