Oregon State University Press

For fifty years, Oregon State University Press has been publishing exceptional books about the Pacific Northwest—its people and landscapes, its flora and fauna, its history and cultural heritage. The Press has played a vital role in the region’s literary life, providing readers with a better understanding of what it means to be an Oregonian. Today, Oregon State University Press publishes distinguished books in several academic areas from environmental history and natural resource management to indigenous studies.

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A Man for All Seasons

Monroe Sweetland and the Liberal Paradox

Oregon State University Press

The life of prominent Oregon political leader Monroe Sweetland spans the spectrum of 20th-century America. Through seven decades, Sweetland experienced the economic collapse of the Great Depression, the unparalleled violence of a nation at war, the divisiveness of Cold War politics, and the cultural and political turmoil of the Vietnam War. Historian William G. Robbins illuminates the wrenching transformation of American political culture in A Man for All Seasons: Monroe Sweetland and the Liberal Paradox. Robbins’ portrait is holistic, exploring Sweetland’s socialist beginnings, inconsistencies in his politics—especially during the Cold War—and his regional and national legacy.

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Building a Better Nest

Living Lightly at Home and in the World

Oregon State University Press

For fifteen years, Evelyn Hess and her husband David lived in a tent and trailer, without electricity or running water, on twenty acres of wild land in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range. When they decided to build a house – a real house at last – they knew it would have to respect the lessons of simple living that they learned in their camping life. They knew they could not do it alone. Building a Better Nest chronicles their adventures as they begin to construct a house of their own, seeking a model for sustainable living not just in their home, but beyond its walls.

What does it mean to build a better nest? Better for whom? Is it better for the individual or family? The planet? Green building and sustainable design are popular buzzwords, but to Hess, sustainable building is not a simple matter of buying and installing the latest recycled flooring products. It is also about cooperative work: working together in employment, in research, in activism, and in life. Hess is concerned with her local watershed, but also with the widening income gap, disappearing species, and peak resources. She actively works to reduce overconsumption and waste. For Hess, these problems are both philosophical and practical.

As Hess and her husband age, the questions of how to live responsibly arise with greater frequency and urgency. With unfailing wit and humor, she looks for answers in such places as neuroscience, Buddhism, and her ancestral legacy. Building a Better Nest will appeal to anyone with an interest in sustainable building, off-grid living, or alternative communities. The questions it asks about the way we live are earnest and important, from an author whose voice is steeped in wisdom and gratitude.

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Naked in the Woods

My Unexpected Years in a Hippie Commune

Oregon State University Press

An unsentimental retrospective look at life in an early 1970’s utopian commune, written with
candor, love, and all the benefits of hindsight.

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Money Trees

The Douglas Fir and American Forestry, 1900–1944

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Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands

From Prehistory to the Present

Oregon State University Press
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Toward a Natural Forest

The Forest Service in Transition (A Memoir)

By Jim Furnish; Foreword by Char Miller
Oregon State University Press


The Forest Service stumbled in responding to a wave of lawsuits from environmental groups in the late 20th Century—a phenomenon best symbolized by the spotted owl controversy that shut down logging on public forests in the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s. The agency was brought to its knees, pitted between a powerful timber industry that had been having its way with the national forests for decades, and organized environmentalists who believed public lands had been abused and deserved better stewardship. Toward a Natural Forest offers an insider’s view of this tumultuous time in the history of the Forest Service, presenting twin tales of transformation, both within the agency and within the author’s evolving environmental consciousness. Drawing on the author’s personal experience and his broad professional knowledge, Toward a Natural Forest illuminates the potential of the Forest Service to provide strong leadership in global conservation efforts. Those interested in our public lands—environmentalists, natural resource professionals, academics, and historians—will find Jim Furnish’s story deeply informed, thought-provoking, and ultimately inspiring.

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State of Giving

Stories of Oregon Nonprofits, Donors, and Volunteers

Oregon State University Press

State of Giving is a survey of the urgent challenges facing Oregon’s communities, and the central role that nonprofits, philanthropists, and volunteers play in their resolution. There are ways in which we all—regardless of age, wealth, location, or background—can give back to our communities, and the need for such engagement is great. In addition to introducing Oregon’s key areas of need and demonstrating diverse pathways into civic engagement, the book provides resources for prospective volunteers and donors seeking to maximize their impact. Ultimately, State of Giving makes the case for nonprofits and their supporters as undervalued pillars of civic structure, as cornerstones of progress, and as crucial to the future of a prosperous Oregon. It’s an accessible call-to-arms, and an essential text for anyone interested in strengthening their community and their state.

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For the Love of Rivers

A Scientist’s Journey

Oregon State University Press

A devoted stream ecologist provides an accessible overview of the science of rivers and streams.

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American Dreamers

How Two Oregon Farm Kids Transformed an Industry, a Community, and a University

By Ken Austin; Other primary creator Kerry Tymchuck
Oregon State University Press

Autobiography of Ken Austin, Oregon philanthropist and founder of A-dec.

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A Hunger for High Country

Oregon State University Press

A wilderness memoir set in the mountains surrounding Yellowstone National Park, a story of personal quest and a portrait of conservation of a changing place.

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Living With Thunder

Exploring the Geological Past, Present, and Future of Pacific Northwest Landscapes

Oregon State University Press

Living with Thunder explores the story of the Pacific Northwest’s rich geologic and ecologic history.

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Learning to Like Muktuk

Oregon State University Press

An unlikely explorer visits post WWII Territorial Alaska and fights to preserve Native foodways.

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Diary of a Citizen Scientist

Oregon State University Press

Diary of a Citizen Scientist looks at new ways of engaging in the world—Sharman Apt Russell explores the world of citizen science from her personal study of the Western red-bellied tiger beetle to the online crowdsourcing of Galaxy Zoo.

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Children and Other Wild Animals

Notes on badgers, otters, sons, hawks, daughters, dogs, bears, air, bobcats, fishers, mascots, Charles Darwin, newts, sturgeon, roasting squirrels, parrots, elk, foxes, tigers and various other zoolog

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Morning Light

Wildflowers, Night Skies, and Other Ordinary Joys of Oregon Country Life

Oregon State University Press
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Field Guide to Oregon Rivers

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The Brightwood Stillness

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Trying Home

The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound

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The Nude Beach Notebook

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"Therefore, Choose Life..."

An Autobiography

Oregon State University Press

"Therefore Choose Life..." is an engaging and moving autobiography of Portland, Oregon psychiatrist, scholar, and Holocaust survivor Dr. Moisey Wolf, raised as an Orthodox Jew in Warsaw and eastern Poland.

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Slow News

A Manifesto for the Critical News Consumer

Oregon State University Press

A timely and provocative book that proposes a “Slow News” movement, presenting the author’s rules for a "balanced and nutritious daily news diet."

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Ancestral Places

Understanding Kanaka Geographies

Oregon State University Press
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To Win the Indian Heart

Music at Chemawa Indian School

Oregon State University Press
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Turning Down the Sound

Travel Escapes in Washington's Small Towns

Oregon State University Press

In Turning Down the Sound: Travel Escapes in Washington's Small Towns a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist explores America’s “last frontier” of tourism—small towns—profiling over 30 of Washington’s rural communities as potential destinations.

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The Field Guide to Sedges of the Pacific Northwest, Second Edition

Oregon State University Press

An updated and revised edition of the authoritative field guide to Pacific Northwest sedges.

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The Next Tsunami

Living on a Restless Coast

Oregon State University Press

The compelling tale of how scientists discovered what we now know about earthquakes and tsunamis on the Northwest coast of the US – and what we are and aren’t doing about it.

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A Deeper Sense of Place

Stories and Journeys of Collaboration in Indigenous Research

Oregon State University Press

This collection of stories, essays, and personal reflections from geographers who have worked collaboratively with Indigenous communities across the globe offers insight into the challenges and rewards of cross-cultural research.

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Bridging a Great Divide

The Battle for the Columbia River Gorge

Oregon State University Press
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Accomplishing NAGPRA

Perspectives on the Intent, Impact, and Future of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

Oregon State University Press
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Grow Food, Cook Food, Share Food

Perspectives on Eating from the Past and a Preliminary Agenda for the Future

Oregon State University Press

Why should people should grow their own food, cook it themselves, and share it with others? A historian shares his personal story, sprinkled with lessons drawn from history.

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Salmon, People, and Place

A Biologist’s Search for Salmon Recovery

Oregon State University Press

A respected salmon expert takes salmon recovery programs to task and proposes changes to renew and strengthen the relationships among salmon people and place and put salmon on the path to recovery.

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Collared

Politics and Personalities in Oregon's Wolf Country

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Meander Scars

Reflections on Healing the Willamette River

Oregon State University Press
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Here on the Edge

How a Small Group of World War II Conscientious Objectors Took Art and Peace from the Margins to the Mainstream

Oregon State University Press
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Pacific Northwest Cheese

A History

Oregon State University Press
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Hunting, Fishing, and Environmental Virtue

Reconnecting Sportsmanship and Conservation

Oregon State University Press

Philosopher and sportsman Charles List argues that practicing field sports leads to the development of environmental virtues.

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Ava Helen Pauling

Partner, Activist, Visionary

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Holdfast

At Home in the Natural World

Oregon State University Press

Renowned essayist, naturalist, and philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore muses on that which holds us to place.

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