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Edge Effects: Notes From An Oregon Forest [NOOK Book]

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Buying his dream house several years ago on the forest's edge near Corvallis, Oregon, essayist Chris Anderson hoped to find the joys of rural living. Despite interminable Mr. Blandings experiences, he lived embowered by 12,000 acres of seemingly endless fir trees. But not for long. The McDonald-Dunn Forest was about to become the site of a disturbing research project. Little did Anderson know when he bought his house that, in addition to studying the ecological effects of clear-cutting, the researchers wanted to ...
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Edge Effects: Notes From An Oregon Forest

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Overview

Buying his dream house several years ago on the forest's edge near Corvallis, Oregon, essayist Chris Anderson hoped to find the joys of rural living. Despite interminable Mr. Blandings experiences, he lived embowered by 12,000 acres of seemingly endless fir trees. But not for long. The McDonald-Dunn Forest was about to become the site of a disturbing research project. Little did Anderson know when he bought his house that, in addition to studying the ecological effects of clear-cutting, the researchers wanted to see how urban fringe dwellers might be affected too. The shock of that harvest compelled the essays in this vibrant, graceful record of the relationship between the forest and Anderson's life on its boundary.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A sensitive observer who mixes nature writing with personal tales, freelance essayist Anderson offers episodic reflections on life on the edge of McDonald-Dunn Forest, a 12,000-acre research forest outside Corvallis, Ore. When residents responded to a planned clear-cutting, Anderson--who had moved to the forest for silence--found himself embroiled in theories and words. Speaking to a forestry class on behalf of local homeowners, he thoughtfully catalogues what makes a landscape pleasing and discusses the importance of learning to observe and read the forest slowly and regularly. Yet his affection for his surroundings fosters ambivalence: he becomes weary of the responsibility of having to learn about and master the forest. When he ventures afar, Anderson remains interesting: in the ``biosphere'' of the enormous Edmonton Mall, he finds everything the frigid city lacks. Reflecting on his forest walks, he acknowledges feeling neither Thoreauvian intensity nor deep Benedictine contemplation; rather, the repetition ``has the effect of meditation or liturgy.'' Portions of the essays were first published in magazines like Commonweal and the Georgia Review. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587290053
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1993
  • Series: American Land & Life
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 207
  • File size: 516 KB

Meet the Author

Chris Anderson is associate professor of English and composition coordinator at Oregon State University and the author of, most recently Free/Style: A Direct Approach to Writing.
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Table of Contents


Contents

Foreword


Franklin
Wayne




To the Reader


Forest of Voices


Life on the Edge


Excursions


Deeper in the Forest


Life and the Essay Compared to a Forest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Holly

    Kills rabbit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    duskdream u need to go to 'mice' and go to the book that the tit

    duskdream u need to go to 'mice' and go to the book that the title is 'be nice to mice' and read the whole thing. and u must go on hunting patrols and border patrols. maybe by wenday u should b a full warrior of thunderclan. (p,s all new cats hav to do this.) and duskdream, i will put up prey posts more often in all of the 'mice' results. thx and u will understand what i mean by this if u read the posts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Silverfur

    * comes crying through the forest.* ~ silverfur

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Sunfur to Reedheart ITs ok my NOOK is being really wierd i cant

    Sunfur to Reedheart
    ITs ok my NOOK is being really wierd i cant get on anything so im using the computer

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    Posted March 13, 2012

    Tawnypelt

    Does anyone know how to use the computer for this? Plz reply at the next reslut.
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    Posted April 14, 2012

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    A rabbit pokes it's head through the hole, her whiskers twitch as she senses no danger. She leaps out of the hole and looks for seeds, her belly growls loudy. She looks around, deciding there is no danger, she completely absorbs herself into knaw a acorn nearby. Not knowing what will happen.........

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