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Flora of the Pacific Northwest

by C. Leo Hitchcock, Arthur Cronquist, Crystal Shin & John H. Rumely et al. University of Washington Press (September 17, 2018)

Flora of the Pacific Northwest, first published in 1973, became an instant classic for its innovative style of providing species descriptions in the identification keys, and for its comprehensive illustrations...

Racial Ecologies

by LeiLani Nishime & Kim D. Hester Williams University of Washington Press (June 28, 2018)

From the Flint water crisis to the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy, environmental threats and degradation disproportionately affect communities of color, with often dire consequences for people�s lives...

Environmental Justice in Postwar America

by Christopher W. Wells & Paul S. Sutter University of Washington Press (July 07, 2018)

In the decades after World War II, the American economy entered a period of prolonged growth that created unprecedented affluence�but these developments came at the cost of a host of new environmental problems....

The Spokane River

by Paul Lindholdt University of Washington Press (April 02, 2018)

From Lake Coeur d�Alene to its confluence with the Columbia, the Spokane River travels 111 miles of varied and often spectacular terrain�rural, urban, in places wild. The river has been a trading and gathering...

Bringing Whales Ashore

by Jakobina K. Arch & Paul S. Sutter University of Washington Press (March 27, 2018)

Today, Japan defends its controversial whaling expeditions by invoking tradition�but what was the historical reality? In examining the techniques and impacts of whaling during the Tokugawa period (1603�1868),...

Cultivating Nature

by Sarah R. Hamilton University of Washington Press (April 01, 2018)

The watery terrain of the Albufera Natural Park, an area ten kilometers south of Valencia that is widely regarded as the birthplace of paella, has long been prized by residents and visitors alike. Since the...

The Organic Profit

by Andrew N. Case University of Washington Press (March 06, 2018)

From green-lifestyle mavens who endorse products on social media to natural health activists sponsored by organic food companies, the marketplace for advice about how to live life naturally is better stocked...

Seismic City

by Joanna L. Dyl & Paul S. Sutter University of Washington Press (October 25, 2017)

On April 18, 1906, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook the San Francisco region, igniting fires that burned half the city. The disaster in all its elements � earthquake, fires, and recovery � profoundly disrupted...

Unlikely Alliances

by Zolt�n Grossman & Winona Laduke University of Washington Press (June 07, 2017)

Often when Native nations assert their treaty rights and sovereignty, they are confronted with a backlash from their neighbors, who are fearful of losing control of the natural resources. Yet, when both groups...

The Nature of Whiteness

by Yuka Suzuki & K. Sivaramakrishnan University of Washington Press (May 01, 2017)

The Nature of Whiteness explores the intertwining of race and nature in postindependence Zimbabwe. Nature and environment have played prominent roles in white Zimbabwean identity, and when the political tide...

Fire in America

by Stephen J. Pyne University of Washington Press (May 01, 2017)

From prehistory to the present-day conservation movement, Pyne explores the efforts of successive American cultures to master wildfire and to use it to shape the landscape.

Ice Bear

by Michael Engelhard University of Washington Press (January 26, 2017)

Prime Arctic predator and nomad of the sea ice and tundra, the polar bear endures as a source of wonder, terror, and fascination. Humans have seen it as spirit guide and fanged enemy, as trade good and moral...

Cities That Think like Planets: Complexity, Resilience, and Innovation in Hybrid Ecosystems

by Marina Alberti University of Washington Press (August 25, 2016)

As human activity and environmental change come to be increasingly recognized as intertwined phenomena on a rapidly urbanizing planet, the field of urban ecology has risen to offer useful ways of thinking about...

Iceland Imagined: Nature, Culture, and Storytelling in the North Atlantic

by Karen Oslund & William Cronon University of Washington Press (July 01, 2011)

Iceland, Greenland, Northern Norway, and the Faroe Islands lie on the edges of Western Europe, in an area long portrayed by travelers as remote and exotic - its nature harsh, its people reclusive. Since the...

Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast

by Ellen Stroud & William Cronon University of Washington Press (December 15, 2012)

The once denuded northeastern United States is now a region of trees. Nature Next Door argues that the growth of cities, the construction of parks, the transformation of farming, the boom in tourism, and changes...

The Environmental Moment: 1968-1972

by David Stradling & William Cronon University of Washington Press (March 01, 2013)

The Environmental Moment is a collection of documents that reveal the significance of the years 1968-1972 to the environmental movement in the United States. With material ranging from short pieces from the...

Pests in the City: Flies, Bedbugs, Cockroaches, and Rats

by Dawn Day Biehler & William Cronon University of Washington Press (October 13, 2013)

From tenements to alleyways to latrines, twentieth-century American cities created spaces where pests flourished and people struggled for healthy living conditions. In Pests in the City, Dawn Day Biehler argues...

The Wilderness Writings of Howard Zahniser

by Mark W. T. Harvey & William Cronon University of Washington Press (July 01, 2014)

Howard Zahniser (1906�1964), executive secretary of The Wilderness Society and editor of The Living Wilderness from 1945 to 1964, is arguably the person most responsible for drafting and promoting the Wilderness...

Proving Grounds: Militarized Landscapes, Weapons Testing, and the Environmental Impact of U.S. Bases

by Edwin A. Martini University of Washington Press (June 08, 2015)

Proving Grounds brings together a wide range of scholars across disciplines and geographical borders to deepen our understanding of the environmental impact that the U.S. military presence has had at home and...


by Ana Maria Spagna University of Washington Press (November 30, 2015)

For most of the past century, Humbug Valley, a forest-hemmed meadow sacred to the Mountain Maidu tribe, was in the grip of a utility company. Washington�s White Salmon River was saddled with a fish-obstructing,...

Defending Giants: The Redwood Wars and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics

by Darren Frederick Speece & Paul S. Sutter University of Washington Press (May 01, 2017)

Giant redwoods are American icons, paragons of grandeur, exceptionalism, and endurance. They are also symbols of conflict and negotiation, remnants of environmental battles over the limits of industrialization,...

Nuclear Reactions: Documenting American Encounters with Nuclear Energy

by James W. Feldman & Paul S. Sutter University of Washington Press (May 01, 2017)

Nuclear Reactions explores the nuclear consensus that emerged in post�World War II America, characterized by widespread support for a diplomatic and military strategy based on nuclear weapons and a vision...

The City Is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle

by Frederick L. Brown & Paul S. Sutter University of Washington Press (May 01, 2017)

Seattle would not exist without animals. Animals have played a vital role in shaping the city from its founding amid existing indigenous towns in the mid-nineteenth century to the livestock-friendly town of...

The Ice: A Journey to Antarctica

by Stephen J. Pyne University of Washington Press (May 01, 2017)

�The Ice is a compilation of more about ice than you knew you wanted to know, yet sheer compelling significance holds attention page by page. . . . Pyne conveys a view of Antarctica that interweaves physical...

Burning Bush: A Fire History of Australia

by Stephen J. Pyne University of Washington Press (August 24, 2017)

Pyne traces the impact of fire in Australia, from its influence on vegetation to its use by Aborigines and European settlers.�Mr. Pyne, showing what a historian deeply schooled in environmental science can...

Fire on the Rim: A Firefighter's Season at the Grand Canyon

by Stephen J. Pyne University of Washington Press (May 01, 2017)

In this lively account of one [fire] season, Pyne introduces us to the tightly knit world of a fire crew, to the complex geography of the North Rim, to the technique and changing philosophy of fire management....

North Pacific Temperate Rainforests: Ecology and Conservation

by Gordon Orians & John Schoen University of Washington Press (May 01, 2017)

The North Pacific temperate rainforest, stretching from southern Alaska to northern California, is the largest temperate rainforest on earth. This book provides a multidisciplinary overview of key issues important...

The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship, and Farming since the Dust Bowl

by Sarah D. Wald University of Washington Press (August 25, 2016)

The California farmlands have long served as a popular symbol of America’s natural abundance and endless opportunity. Yet, from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Carlos Bulosan’s America Is in the...

Warnings against Myself: Meditations on a Life in Climbing

by David Stevenson University of Washington Press (April 05, 2016)

From his youthful second ascent of the north ridge of Mount Kennedy in the Yukon’s Saint Elias Range, an in-and-out on skis for which he had not entirely learned how to ski, to a recent excursion across the...

Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest

by Nathaniel Brodie, Charles Goodrich & Frederick J. Swanson University of Washington Press (April 05, 2016)

Two kinds of long-term research are taking place at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, a renowned research facility in the temperate rain forest of the Oregon Cascades. Here, scientists investigate the ecosystem�s...

Conjuring Property: Speculation and Environmental Futures in the Brazilian Amazon

by Jeremy M. Campbell & K. Sivaramakrishnan University of Washington Press (December 21, 2015)

Since the 1960s, when Brazil first encouraged large-scale Amazonian colonization, violence and confusion have often accompanied national policies concerning land reform, corporate colonization, indigenous land...

Forests of Belonging: Identities, Ethnicities, and Stereotypes in the Congo River Basin

by Stephanie Karin Rupp & K. Sivaramakrishnan University of Washington Press (December 01, 2011)

Forests of Belonging examines the history and ongoing transformation of ethnic and social relationships among four distinct communities--Bangando, Baka, Bakw�le, and Mbomam--in the Lob�k� forest region...

The Tanoak Tree: An Environmental History of a Pacific Coast Hardwood

by Frederica Bowcutt University of Washington Press (June 08, 2015)

Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus) is a resilient and common hardwood tree native to California and southwestern Oregon. People�s radically different perceptions of it have ranged from treasured food plant...

Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain West

by Jen Corrinne Brown University of Washington Press (May 01, 2015)

From beer labels to literary classics like A River Runs Through It, trout fishing is a beloved feature of the iconography of the American West. But as Jen Brown demonstrates in Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing...

Natural Grace

by William Dietrich & Brenda Cunningham University of Washington Press (March 01, 2015)

From the interactive clockwork world of geology, tides, Northwest weather, and snow, to the hidden roles of dirt, stream life, and mosses and lichens, Pulitzer Prize winning writer William Dietrich explores...

Whales and Nations: Environmental Diplomacy on the High Seas

by Kurkpatrick Dorsey & William Cronon University of Washington Press (November 14, 2013)

Before commercial whaling was outlawed in the 1980s, diplomats, scientists, bureaucrats, environmentalists, and sometimes even whalers themselves had attempted to create an international regulatory framework...

Wilderness Forever: Howard Zahniser and the Path to the Wilderness Act

by Mark W. T. Harvey & William Cronon University of Washington Press (November 23, 2009)

Winner of the Forest History Society's 2006 Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Book Award

As a central figure in the American wilderness preservation movement in the mid-twentieth century, Howard Zahniser (1906-1964) was...

Calamity: The Heppner Flood of 1903

by Joann Green Byrd University of Washington Press (January 01, 2014)

June 14, 1903, was a typical, hot Sunday in Heppner, a small farm town in northeastern Oregon. People went to church, ate dinner, and relaxed with family and friends. But late that afternoon, calamity struck...

Wilderburbs: Communities on Nature's Edge

by Lincoln Bramwell & William Cronon University of Washington Press (April 28, 2015)

Since the 1950s, the housing developments in the West that historian Lincoln Bramwell calls �wilderburbs� have offered residents both the pleasures of living in nature and the creature comforts of the suburbs....

The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States

by Mark Fiege & William Cronon University of Washington Press (March 20, 2012)

In the dramatic narratives that comprise The Republic of Nature, Mark Fiege reframes the canonical account of American history based on the simple but radical premise that nothing in the nation's past can be...

Tangled Roots: The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics

by Sarah Mittlefehldt & William Cronon University of Washington Press (December 19, 2013)

The Appalachian Trail, a thin ribbon of wilderness running through the densely populated eastern United States, offers a refuge from modern society and a place apart from human ideas and institutions. But as...

Cottonwood and the River of Time: On Trees, Evolution, and Society

by Reinhard F. Stettler University of Washington Press (December 01, 2011)

Cottonwood and the River of Time looks at some of the approaches scientists have used to unravel the puzzles of the natural world. With a lifetime of work in forestry and genetics to guide him, Reinhard Stettler...

Vestal Fire: An Environmental History, Told through Fire, of Europe and Europe's Encounter with the World

by Stephen J. Pyne University of Washington Press (April 01, 2012)

Stephen Pyne has been described as having a consciousness "composed of equal parts historian, ecologist, philosopher, critic, poet, and sociologist." At this time in history when many people are trying to understand...

Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World

by Todd McLeish University of Washington Press (June 18, 2013)

Among all the large whales on Earth, the most unusual and least studied is the narwhal, the northernmost whale on the planet and the one most threatened by global warming. Narwhals thrive in the fjords and inlets...

The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea

by Lissa K. Wadewitz University of Washington Press (September 10, 2012)

For centuries, borders have been central to salmon management customs on the Salish Sea, but how those borders were drawn has had very different effects on the Northwest salmon fishery. Native peoples who fished...