The Final Forest: Big Trees, Forks, and the Pacific Northwest


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University of Washington Press
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6.09 X 8.95 X 0.79 inches | 1.04 pounds

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About the Author

William Dietrich, a former science writer for the Seattle Times, is the author of Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River and Natural Grace: The Charm, Wonder, and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants, as well as popular fiction.Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award


Dietrich presents in an easy-to-read narrative style the point of view of various participants in this war, from the logger whose way of life is threatened to a biologist concerned with saving the Northern spotted owl. Highly recommended.

--Library Journal

This is a mesmerizing story of the complexity of the relationships between forests and people that at once honors the uniqueness of places while spanning universal themes.

--BC Studies

A remarkably readable and lucid account.

--Audubon Magazine

Time has brought 'The Final Forest' acclaim as a realistic portrayal of a critical era for the West End communities.

--Living on the Peninsula

The best book about the environment that I've read in a year.


Dietrich's 1992 account of the timber wars on the Olympic Peninsula has been updated with a new preface and afterword that explains what some of the main characters have been up to and explores the irony of Forks, Wash., becoming an international destination as a result of the Twilight series.

--The Oregonian