We’re passionate about connecting to the comfort and sense of well-being nature can provide. While our usual programming has been on hold to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff put together a list of books that might bring you the same solace as being outside can.
Books by Friends of the Trust
Horizon by Barry Lopez
A long time friend and supporter of McKenzie River Trust, Barry Lopez is a national book award winner and is passionate about the natural world. This book tells stories of all of his travels and explorations. Underneath all the stories is a call to leave behind a better world for the climate and for future generations.
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Robin Wall Kimmerer was going to speak at our Upstream event this month, but the social distancing guidelines meant the event had to be canceled. We’re hoping to reschedule Robin’s visit later this year. Meanwhile, you can dive into her lyrical exposition about the natural world from her perspective as an Indigenous scientist, mother, and woman. J. Michaels Books ordered dozens of copies of this book for the event, and they are offering curbside service for book lovers.
Book Recommendations from Staff
Meander Scars: Reflections on Healing the Willamette River by Abby Phillips Metzger
Metzger weaves an intimate tale of discovery, loss, and finding hope along the banks of the Willamette River. With each passing chapter, Metzger shares the story of this mighty river that now supports millions of people in Oregon. Offering the reader a glimpse through time to the river that once was and sharing a detailed view of the river that is now, this book is built on a sobering understanding of how settlers have reshaped this river while offering opportunities to celebrate the resilience of the natural world, and the human spirit.
Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People: Colonialism, Nature & Social Action by Kari Marie Norgaard
“Transformative for environmental justice! So many powerful relationships have created a lasting, generous and complex book, connecting ecology, culture, food, history, and self-determination. Cutting in her critique of colonial power, Norgaard shows powerfully what sociology and ally-ship can achieve when responsibility and accountability are centered.” -Kyle Powys Whyte, Professor and Timnick Chair, Michigan State University
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature By J. Drew Lanham
From Elizabeth, “Reading J. Drew Lanham’s The Home Place is like sitting down over a pot of tea with a longtime friend. In the book, Lanham shares the stories of his youth, centering family and nature as foundational elements of life in the American south. Lanham’s gift for storytelling dances off the pages. In this vulnerable account of his lived experience, we are offered an opportunity to deepen our own perspectives around the ties between race, identity, and the natural world. “
Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb
“Eager is a powerful story about one of the world’s most influential species, how North America was colonized, how our landscapes have changed over the centuries, and how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and the ravages of climate change. Ultimately, it’s about how we can learn to coexist, harmoniously and even beneficially, with our fellow travelers on this planet.”
Riverwalking – Reflections on Moving Water by Kathleen Dean Moore
From Holly, “I have recently rediscovered this book at the same time I discover the wonders we encounter when exploring the Willamette River. My family has made a tradition of floating from Eugene to Corvallis each summer, camping on the banks and islands along the way and this book always joins me! This collection of essays captures the beauty and sometimes heartbreak to be found through parenting, aging, loving, sleeping under the stars, and watching an otter dive below the surface of the water. “