Chris Norment

I yearn for dampness, fog, and rain, enough to nourish the eight salamander species known to occur here: rough-skinned newt, Dunn’s salamander, ensatina, arboreal salamander, Cascade torrent salamander, Pacific giant salamander, long-toed salamander, and Oregon slender salamander, Batrachoseps wrighti, a close relative of the Inyo Mountains slender salamander.

Chris Norment, Visiting Scholar, 2010

Chris Norment is a professor of environmental science and biology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. His book Return to Warden’s Grove: Science, Desire and the Lives of Sparrows was nominated for the John Burroughs Medal. Norment earned his PhD in systematics and ecology from the University of Kansas. He has published extensively in ecology, avian breeding biology, grassland ecology, and the ecology of arctic and alpine environments.

Forest Log Work:

Ancient Fir, Climbing

I stumble through the tangle of old growth. I stumble through a clear cut’s slash. I hike: Lobaria a verb above the mossy trail.

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Fungus on a Fallen Alder at Lookout Creek

Florid, fluted, flowery petal, flounce
of a girl’s dress, ruffled fan,
striped in what seems to my simple eye
an excess of extravagance,
intricately ribboned like a secret
code, a colorist’s vision of DNA.

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Ellen Bass

Ellen Bass is the author of Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). She teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University and lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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Disturbance Theory

I stumble through the tangle of old growth. I stumble through a clear cut’s slash. I hike: Lobaria a verb above the mossy trail.

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Travel That Takes You Home

Like an old growth forest, reflection is slow, takes time, and rewards patience, but is increasingly rare.  Our sense of time and our attention spans and our ability to sense the world, have been radically altered by technology.

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Tom Montgomery Fate

Tom Montgomery Fate is the author of five books of nonfiction, including Beyond the White Noise, a collection of essays, Steady and Trembling, a spiritual memoir, and Cabin Fever, a nature memoir. His essays have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe,The Baltimore Sun, Orion, Iowa Review, Fourth Genre, Riverteeth, Sojourners, Christian Century, and many other journals and anthologies; and they regularly air on National Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio.

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Samantha Hatfield

Dr. Samantha Chisholm Hatfield is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, from the Tututni Band, and is also Cherokee. She earned a Doctorate from Oregon State University in Environmental Sciences focusing on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) of Siletz Tribal Members, from Oregon State University. Dr. Chisholm Hatfield’s specializations include: Indigenous TEK, tribal adaptations due to climate change, and Native culture issues. She’s worked with Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and the Northwest Climate Science Center.

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Nancy Lord

Nancy Lord is passionate about place, history, and the natural environment. From her many years of commercial salmon fishing and, later, work as a naturalist and historian on adventure cruise ships, she’s explored in both fiction and nonfiction the myths and realities of life in the north.

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