Paper pub. date
October 2011
ISBN 9780870716126 (paperback)
6 x 9 inches, 448 pages. Two-color maps. Line drawings. Index.

Wild in the City

Exploring The Intertwine: The Portland-Vancouver Region’s Network of Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas
Second Edition
Michael C. Houck and M. J. Cody
Copublished with the Audubon Society of Portland.

"The new edition is a book that anyone interested in the outdoors should have on the bookshelf and in their day pack. It provides a road map to plan virtually any type or length of trip, from a morning walk for exercise to an all-day excursion."
—Gail Achterman, The Oregonian

The second edition of the highly acclaimed Wild in the City brings more than one hundred of the best parks, trails and natural areas to your fingertips. This comprehensive “must-have” reference will be the go-to field guide for hikers, cyclists, paddlers, bird watchers, and nature enthusiasts.

This revised and updated edition contains new maps organized according to watershed and includes twenty-eight unique “rambles” that explore multiple sites for recreation, wildlife viewing, or simply contemplating the joys of nature.

New natural history essays by Ursula K. Le Guin, Kim Stafford, Robin Cody, Judy BlueHorse Skelton, Robert Michael Pyle, Jonathan Nicholas, and Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, offer fresh perspectives on the little pockets and expansive corridors of Portland’s wild environs. The book also examines the innovative strategies that cities, agencies, and nonprofits are using to create an ecologically sustainable metropolitan region.

This invaluable resource will be an essential guide for educators and parents who want to explore the region’s natural wonders with their students and children. Included are tips on living with wildlife, as well as a new section that provides essential information on how urban living and green spaces intersect.

About the author

Michael C. Houck is Executive Director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute and a longtime national leader in urban park and greenspace issues. He is the author of Wild on the Willamette: Exploring the Lower Willamette River and co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology.

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M. J. Cody has written and edited several books. Her travel column, “Sleeping Around the Northwest,” appears monthly in The Oregonian.

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"Detailing more than 75 local parks and trails, complete with easy-to-read maps, directions, flora and fauna notes from naturalists like the Portland Audubon Society’s Bob Sallinger, and essays from writers such as Ursula K. Le Guin, it’s as much indispensable field guide as it is quirky coffee-table reader."

—Brian Barker and Julian Smith, Portland Monthly Magazine


Praise for the first edition

“Every schoolteacher should be supplied one for field trips. Every car should be sold with one in its glove compartment. Tuck one into every motel-room drawer next to the Gideon Bible. Front to back, there’s something in this book for everyone—a trip to take, a thought to spark a memory, a term to explain.”

—Bill Monroe, The Oregonian

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