| I buy and read lots of books. On Northwest nature these are the
best I have found over the years. I cannot guarantee these are the best for you, but at
least you will not get a total loser here. If the topics don't relate to you, use the
search above to find other northwest nature books.
Earth to Herbalist: by Gregory Tilford. This is probably the best
native plant book I've seen. Beautiful color pictures, in-depth information on
how to gather & use native herbs. Did you know that the ubiquitous arrowleaf
balsamroot is as effective as echinacea? Tilford spends a lot of effort
educating the reader in how to gather and grow responsibly. A must if this is an
area that interests you.
with Native Plants: by Keating and Stiley. This book has pen and
ink sketches of the plants, their leaves, and berries if applicable. Information
is terse but accurate and includes propagation methods and wildlife habitat
& Flowers to Know in Washington & British Columbia: by Lyons &
Merillees. Keyed by color and then photos and then by name, this book opens a world of
further involvement with the eviron that you hike, bike, paddle through.
& Survival Skills: by John and Geri McPherson. Teaches versus simply
entertaining. 700 photographs. Each chapter written as a complete book. Buckskin, fire,
meat, cooking, deer, containers, tools, shelters.
Roadside Geology of Washington: by David Alt and Donald W. Hyndman. Great book to bring along; it explains the
geological features you can see from your car window.
Critters of the Little Spokane Watershed: by Easy. Well-done book w/lots of black & white photos and tables. You won't believe how many "critters" are in
Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year: by James Luther Davis. Tells you where and when to go, to view natural events in Oregon, Washington & BC. For
example, July lists: Mountain Wildflowers, Tide Pools, Mountain Goats, Summer Salmon & Trout, & Bats.