Frederick H. Swanson

The research at Andrews has shed a great deal of light on the workings of the old-growth forest, yet this body of knowledge has served only to deepen its mystery, to my mind at least.

Frederick H. Swanson, Long Term Ecological Reflections, 2014

Frederick H. Swanson is the author of Where Roads Will Never Reach: Wilderness and Its Visionaries in the Northern Rockies (University of Utah Press, 2015) and The Bitterroot and Mr. Brandborg: Clearcutting and the Struggle for Sustainable Forestry in the Northern Rockies (University of Utah Press, 2011), among others. His books and articles deal with the history, use, and misuse of public lands during the twentieth century, with particular focus on wilderness areas, national parks, and national forests. An editor and publications designer for twenty-five years, he now writes full-time in the foothills of Utah’s Wasatch Range.

Forest Log Work:

The Deadfall on the 305 Road

Originally published on terrain.org A stroll among the giant trees of the Pacific Northwest’s old-growth forest will put almost anyone in a reflective mood, and as I park my car by the gate that blocks Forest Service Road No. 305 in western Oregon’s H. J. Andrews...

Afterward

A month after leaving the Andrews, I’m still savoring the sounds and sensations of the westslope Douglas-fir forest. As I expected, the most vivid memories are associated with the older, less-managed parts of the research area. Here in Utah, our forests have nothing...

Field Notes III

Friday, May 30 – Lookout Mountain Old Growth Trail Yesterday I accompanied Steve Ackers, a biologist working out of the Andrews Forest, and a visiting photographer named Paul Bannin on a fascinating visit to two spotted owl nesting sites. There wasn’t time for much in...

Field Notes II

Wednesday, May 28  – Blue River Face timber sale area I’m typing this while sitting in my little red Honda at the edge of a fairly recent partial-cut unit on the ridge dividing Lookout Creek (the principal drainage of the Andrews Forest) to the east and Blue River to...

Field Notes I

Monday, May 26 – A Return to the Woods Evening is falling as I sit at the edge of a clearing high above the headquarters of the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, a Forest Service research area east of Eugene, Oregon in the lovely McKenzie River country. I’m back in...