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Deeper into old-growth debate: books, exhibit, groups.

Deeper into old-growth debate: books, exhibit, groups Enormous and complex, the old-growth forest question (see our report starting on page 54) involves matters as simple as plant identification and as far-reaching as foreign trade, rain-forest ecology, and modern forest management.

The exhibit, books, and organizations listed here can help you ground yourself in many of the issues at hand.

Exhibit shows the whole picture

Staged at the World forestry Center in Portland, Old Growth Forests: Treasure in Transition is the most complete, evenhanded old-growth exhibit anywhere. It defines old growth, lays out all sides of the debate, and closes with a videotape presenting the views of different interest groups.

The exhibit, in the center's Merlo Hall, runs 9 to 5 daily through November 4. Admission is $3, $2 for seniors and ages 6 through 18. The center is just north of U.S. 26 in the Zoo/OMSI complex, about a mile west of downtown Portland.

Books that tell you where to hike

or how to unlock forest secrets

The following books can help you understand the different parts of the forest and the intricate relationships that weave them into a cohesive whole. The hiking guides directly you to some of the finest old growth on the planet.

Field guides. Cascade-Olympic Natural History, by Daniel Mathews (Raven Editions/Portland Audubon Society, Portland, 1988; $19.95).

Northwest Trees, by Stephen Arno and Ramona Hammerly (The Mountaineers, Seattle, 1977; $10.95).

Pocket Flora of the Redwood Forest, by Dr. Rudolf Becking (Island Press, Washington, D.C., 1982; $15.95).

Western Forests, by Stephen Whitney (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1985; $14.95).

Forest ecology. Ancient Forests of the Pacific Northwest, by Elliott Norse (Island Press, Washington, D.C., 1990; $19.95).

Forests of Mount Rainier, by William H. Moir (The Pacific Northwest National Parks and Forests Association, Seattle, 1989; $9.95).

Fragile Majesty, by Keith Ervin (The Mountaineers, Seattle, 1989; $14.95).

Hiking guides. Visitors' Guide to Ancient Forests of Western Washington, by the Dittmar Family (The Wilderness Society/The Mountaineers, Seattle, 1989; $4.95).

A Walking Guide to Oregonhs Ancient Forest, by Wendell Wood (Oregon Natural Resources Council, Portland, 1990; $10.95).

Interest groups: different

perspectives on old growth

The following interest groups offer a small but representative sampling of the dozens of voices taking part in the old-growth debate. Each organization can supply considerable information about old-growth forests and about its particular point of view. We suggest that you write for information from bothcamps.

Environmental interests. Save-the-Redwoods League, 114 Sansome St., #605, San Francisco 94104; (415) 362-2352.

Sempervirens Fund, Drawer BE, Los Altos, Calif. 94023; (415) 968-4509.

Sequoia Forest Alliance, Box 922, Kernville, Calif. 93238.

The Sierra Club, 730 Polk St., San Francsico 94109; 776-2211.

The Wilderness Society, 610 S.W. Alder St., #915, Portland 97205; (503) 248-0452.

Forest products industry. American Forest Resource Alliance, 1515 S.W. Fifth Ave., #518, Portland 97201; 227-7456.

California Redwood Association, 405 Enfrente Dr., #200, Novato, Calif. 94949; (415) 382-0662.

Northwest Forestry Association, 1500 S.W. First Ave., #770 Portland 97201; 222-9505.

Timber Association of California, 1311 I St., Sacramento 95814; (916) 444-6592.
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Date:Aug 1, 1990
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