One City's Wilderness: Portland's Forest Park
(by Marcy Cottrell Houle, $14, Oregon State University Press, Oct.
2010) This loving account explores one of the largest urban parks in
the world, providing directions to hikes, colored maps, and photos of
native plants and birds. Reading the history of Forest Park and the
people who fought to preserve it, should inspire city-dwellers to
explore the wilderness without ever leaving town.
Seattle and the Roots of Urban Sustainability: Inventing Ecotopia
(by Jefferey Craig Sanders, $24, University of Pittsburg Press, Aug.
2010) Sanders tells how Seattle gave birth to environmental activism,
and how and when sustainability practices emerged. Reading this city's
example of eco-concern may very well encourages readers to care for
cities in the same way that we care for the wilderness.
Cities and Nature in the American West (by Char Miller, $32, University of Nevada Press, Sept. 2010) This collection of essays by prominent environmental historians explores the thin line between the natural world and urban areas in a region that has, in less than a century, been transformed from rural to densely populated. Readers gain insight regarding how urban development relates to our perceptions of nature.