Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest by Nathaniel BrodieForest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest by Nathaniel Brodie

Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest

EditorNathaniel Brodie, Charles Goodrich, Frederick J. Swanson

Hardcover | January 28, 2016

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Two kinds of long-term research are taking place at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, a renowned research facility in the temperate rain forest of the Oregon Cascades. Here, scientists investigate the ecosystem?s trees, wildlife, water, and nutrients with an eye toward understanding change over varying timescales up to two hundred years or more. And writers from both literary and scientific backgrounds spend time in the forest investigating the ecological and human complexities of this remarkable and deeply studied place.

This anthology?which includes work by some of the nation?s most accomplished writers, including Sandra Alcosser, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Jane Hirshfield, Linda Hogan, Freeman House, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Kathleen Dean Moore, Robert Michael Pyle, Pattiann Rogers, and Scott Russell Sanders?grows out of the work of the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program and showcases the insights of the program?s thoughtful and important encounters among writers, scientists, and place. These vivid essays, poems, and field notes convey a landscape of moss-draped trees, patchwork clear-cuts, stream-swept gravel bars, and hillsides scoured by fire, and also bring forward the ambiguities and paradoxes of conflicting human values and their implications for the ecosystem.

Forest Under Story offers an illuminating and multifaceted way of understanding the ecology and significance of old-growth forests, and points the way toward a new kind of collaboration between the sciences and the humanities to better know and learn from special places. 

Nathaniel Brodie is a freelance writer; Charles Goodrich is a poet and director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University; and Frederick J. Swanson is research geologist emeritus, Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service.
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Title:Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth ForestFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:January 28, 2016Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295995459

ISBN - 13:9780295995458

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Table of Contents

MapsCharles Goodrich | Entries into the Forest Part One | Research and Revelation1. The Long Haul / Robert Michael Pyle2. The Web / Alison Hawthorne Deming3. Scope: Ten Small Essays / John R. Campbell4. Ground Work: Natural History of the Andrews Forest Landscape5. Threads / Vicki Graham6. Interview with a Watershed / Robin Wall Kimmerer7. One-Day Field Count / Michael G. Smith8. Specimens Collected at the Clear-Cut / Alison Hawthorne Deming9. Forest Duff: A Poetic Sampling / Kristin Berger10. Pacific Dogwood / Jerry Martien11. Riparian / Sandra Alcosser12. Ground Word: Old Growth13. Each Step an Entry / Linda Hogan14. Cosymbionts, The Art of Science & from Drainage Basin, Lookout Creek / Vicki Graham15. Log Decomposition / Joan Maloof16. Decomposition and Memory / Aaron M. Ellison17. Ground Word: Decomposition18. In the Experimental Forest, & Notes for a Prose Poem: Scientific Questions One Could Ask19. Among the Douglas-Firs / Joseph Bruchac20. From ?Where the Forests Breath? / Brian Turner21. From ?Varieties of Attentiveness? / Freeman House22. Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet / Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson

Part Two | Change and Continuity1. Genesis: Primeval Rivers and Forests / Pattiann Rogers2. Forests and People: a meandering reflection on changing relationships between forests and human culture / Bill Yake3. From ?Out of Time? / Scott Slovic4. ?Ten-Foot Gnarly Stick? and ?Pondering? / James Bertoli5. In the Palace of Rot / Thomas Lowe Fleischner6. Ground Work: Disturbance7. New Channel / Jeff Fearnside8. Slough, Decay, and the Odor of Soil / Bill Yake9. From ?The Mountain Lion? / Tim Fox10. Ground Work: Northern Spotted Owl11. The Other Side of the Clear-Cut / Laird Christensen12. Clear-Cut / Joan Maloof13. Ground Work: Forest Practices14. Hope Tour: Three Stops / Lori Anderson Moseman15. Purity and Change: Reflections in an Old-Growth Forest / John Elder

Part Three | Borrowing Others? Eyes1. Wild Ginger / Jane Hirshfield2. This Day, Tomorrow, and the Next / Pattiann Rogers3. Portrait: Parsing My Wife as Lookout Creek / Andrew C. Gottlieb4. On Assignment in the H.J. Andrews, the Poet Thinks of Her Ovaries / Maya Jewell Zeller5. Piles of Pale Green / Joseph Bruchac6. Design / Jerry Martien7. Listening to Water / Robin Wall Kimmerer8. Ground Work: Water9. For the Lobaria, Usnea, Witch?s Hair, Map Lichen, Ground Lichen, Shield Lichen / Jane Hirshfield10. The Owl, Spotted / Alison Hawthorne Deming11. From ?Field Notes? / Thomas Lowe Fleischner12. Return of the dead log people / Jerry Martien13. Denizens of Decay / Tom A. Titus14. Ground Work: Soundscape15. Mind in the Forest / Scott Russell Sanders16. Coda / Vicki Graham17. Afterword: Advice to a Future Reader / Kathleen Dean Moore

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Two kinds of long-term research are taking place at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, a renowned research facility in the temperate rain forest of the Oregon Cascades. Here, scientists investigate the ecosystem?s trees, wildlife, water, and nutrients with an eye toward understanding change over varying timescales up to two hundred years or more. And writers from both literary and scientific backgrounds spend time in the forest investigating the ecological and human complexities of this remarkable and deeply studied place.This anthology?which includes work by some of the nation?s most accomplished writers, including Sandra Alcosser, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Jane Hirshfield, Linda Hogan, Freeman House, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Kathleen Dean Moore, Robert Michael Pyle, Pattiann Rogers, and Scott Russell Sanders?grows out of the work of the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program and showcases the insights of the program?s thoughtful and important encounters among writers, scientists, and place. These vivid essays, poems, and field notes convey a landscape of moss-draped trees, patchwork clear-cuts, stream-swept gravel bars, and hillsides scoured by fire, and also bring forward the ambiguities and paradoxes of conflicting human values and their implications for the ecosystem.Forest Under Story offers an illuminating and multifaceted way of understanding the ecology and significance of old-growth forests, and points the way toward a new kind of collaboration between the sciences and the humanities to better know and learn from special places. There are many ways to see and experience a forest and this diversity is beautifully represented in this collection of poems, essays, and observations by a diverse array of artists who participated in a long-term reflections program at the H. J. Andrews Experimental. In my nearly 60 years of studying the forests of Andrews, I remain humbled by their magnificence--and now by the deep, fresh insights of the many writers represented in this book. - Jerry Franklin, professor of forest ecosystems, University of Washington