Welcome to the old-growth forest! Walking through the Gorge, many say, is like visiting “the forest primeval” — deep, dark and old, more like the venerable redwood forests of the west than the second-growth forests so common in the east. Visitors get the feeling they are stepping back in time and getting a rare glimpse of what it was like when Native Americans lived on this land.
If you’d like to learn more about the complex world of old-growth forests, you might like Joan Maloof’s newest book, “Nature’s Temples.”
Do you prefer fiction? “The Overstory: A Novel” by Richard Powers is a candidate for the Man Booker Prize and a popular book club choice. “The science in this novel ranges from fun fact to mind-blowing, brought to us by characters — some scientists, mostly not — who are sweet or funny or maddening in all the relatable ways.” (NYT Book Review.)
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