Thrilled that Neal Maine’s story made it into a book.

A Generous Nature

Lives Transformed by Oregon by Marcy Houle

Marcy Houle

6 × 9. Index. 256 pages.

2019. ISBN 978-0-87071-979-0.

A Generous Nature: Lives Transformed by Oregon offers profiles of twenty-one conservationists and activists (including Neal Maine and Katie Voelke from Clatsop County) who have made enduring contributions to the preservation of Oregon’s wild and natural places and high quality of life. These stories speak to their courage, foresight, and actions—at times against great odds— to enact legislation and motivate others to cherish and protect the places that make Oregon unique.

Taken from personal interviews conducted by the author over a decade, these stories will help readers understand the histories of Oregon’s exceptional places, innovative planning efforts, and laws. They provide insight into the principles and values that motivated individuals to preserve the beauty and natural resources of Oregon, craft legislation to further protect them, and educate others about their value. Houle features locations as diverse as the Columbia River Gorge Natural Scenic Area, the wild and scenic Sandy River, and Tryon Creek State Park, along with background on critical laws and organizations such as the Beach Bill, Diack Act, Senate Bill 100, SOLVE, and the High Desert Partnership.


About the author:

MARCY COTTRELL HOULE is a writer, award-winning author of five books, and a wildlife biologist. She is an author whose passion is to give voice to things that have no voice. Wildlife biologist and award-winning author of four books and numerous articles.  Her books have been honored with the national Christopher Award, the Oregon Book Award, Oregonian’s Best Books of the Northwest, and New York Times Best Books for Earth Day.

“The book is being launched November 6th at the Oregon Historical Society, in a lovely event sponsored by Oregon Community Foundation. OCF is giving a gracious grant to donate a copy of the book, A Generous Nature, to every public library in Oregon!”  Marcy Houle 



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Sale proceeds to support North Coast Land Conservancy, NCLC.

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