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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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

In For the Love of Rivers, stream ecologist Kurt Fausch draws readers across the reflective surface of streams to view and ponder what is beneath, and how they work. While celebrating their beauty and mystery, he uses his many years of experience as a field biologist to explain the underlying science connecting these aquatic ecosystems to their streamside forests and the organisms found there—including humans. More than a book about stream ecology, For the Love of Rivers is a celebration of the interconnectedness of life. It is an authoritative and accessible look at the science of rivers and streams, but it also ponders the larger questions of why rivers are important to humans, why it is in our nature to want to be near them, and what we can do now to ensure the future of these essential ecosystems.

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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

One Woman’s Journey to the Wild in Yellowstone Country

Oregon State University Press
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Living with Thunder

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

Oregon State University Press
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Learning to Like Muktuk

An Unlikely Explorer in Territorial Alaska

Oregon State University Press
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Diary of a Citizen Scientist

Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World

Oregon State University Press
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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

Oregon State University Press
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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

Oregon State University Press
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The Brightwood Stillness

Oregon State University Press
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Trying Home

The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound

Oregon State University Press
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The Nude Beach Notebook

Oregon State University Press
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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

Slow News: A Manifesto for the Critical News Consumer is a timely and provocative proposal for a revolution against instant news and for a “Slow News” movement.

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Ancestral Places

Understanding Kanaka Geographies

Oregon State University Press

Ancestral Places is a revealing journey through the language and practices of a traditional knowledge system, offering a Hawaiian epistemological framework that enhances our understanding of place.

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To Win the Indian Heart

Music at Chemawa Indian School

Oregon State University Press

To Win the Indian Heart: Music At Chemawa Indian School  is an exploration of the crucial role music played at the longest-operating federal boarding school for Indian children—both as a tool of assimilation and resilience.

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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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Field Guide to the Sedges of the Pacific Northwest

Second Edition

Oregon State University Press

The second edition of Field Guide to the Sedges of the Pacific Northwest is a newly updated, expanded, and revised edition of the authoritative guide to the genus Carex in the Pacific Northwest.

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The Next Tsunami

Living on a Restless Coast

Oregon State University Press
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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
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Salmon, People, and Place

A Biologist's Search for Salmon Recovery

Oregon State University Press
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Collared

Politics and Personalities in Oregon's Wolf Country

Oregon State University Press
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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

A history of cheese in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, Pacific Northwest Cheese: A History  uncovers the rich tradition of cheesemaking from the earliest fur traders to modern-day small farmers.

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