Volume 4, Issue 6
One City's Wilderness: Portland's Forest Park
reviewed by Brian Thompson
Urban forests are rare treasures, and one of the largest in
the country is located nearby in Portland, Oregon. Forest Park encompasses over 5,000 acres of
second growth forest left mostly to develop naturally since the park was established
The third edition (2010) of One City’s Wilderness by Marcy
Cottrell Houle, now available in the Miller Library, is an excellent
introduction to the flora and fauna of Forest Park, along with its history,
geology, and topography. Summaries of
these topics form the introductory chapters, with highlights found in the
extensive descriptions of 29 recommended hikes that follow.
The maps, elevation graphs, and finding aids for these hikes
are top-notch. Even from my home in Seattle some 200 miles away, I enjoyed
the narrative of these forest adventures located only a few minutes from
downtown Portland. As author Houle
concludes, “Forest Park’s pristine and natural features are what set it apart
from all other city parks in the nation. No other urban park in the United States offers anything comparable in
quantity or quality.”
Forest Park would be an excellent destination for your
summer travels. I recommend reading this
book to get the most enjoyment from your visit.
Library schedule changes ahead for summer quarter
Summer quarter is just around the corner. Mark your calendar now with our summer hours.
June 19 through September 18 the Miller Library will be open noon to 8 pm Mondays. Each Tuesday-Friday we will remain open 9-5
throughout the summer with the exception of all-day closures on
Wednesday, June 28 and Tuesday, July 4.
As usual, the library will be
closed Saturdays in July and August, leaving more time for gardening!
Drawings from our Edible Gardens
Have you seen what's growing at UW Farm this summer? While you're on site, be sure to take a look at the library's next exhibit. Seattle artist Susan Lally-Chiu celebrates the diversity of our locally grown vegetables and fruits through
elegant large scale drawings, colorful watercolor sketches with pen,
and a series of sketchbooks.
Artwork will be on display and for sale June 13 through July 29, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the library.
New to the Library