“Every Reason to Hope”: David Douglas and Pacific Northwest Trees

Thursday, February 12, 2015
3:00 pm
107 Richardson Hall

During his travels in the Pacific Northwest between 1825-33, Scottish naturalist David Douglas successfully collected the seeds of a wide variety of important timber species, including the one that soon assumed his own name. This slide presentation will investigate the landscapes where he saw those trees growing, as well as the Native American and fur trade uses he recorded that helped him assess each species’ commercial prospects.

Spokane-based teacher and naturalist Jack Nisbet is the author of several books that explore the human and natural history of the Columbia River drainage, including The Collector, a biography of David Douglas that was named a 2010 Book of the Year by the PNW Booksellers Association.

His collection of essays about Douglas, titled A Naturalist at Work, served as the catalog for a David Douglas exhibit that he and his wife Claire curated. A traveling version of this exhibit will be on display at the Washington County Museum in Hillsboro through summer 2015. 

Nisbet’s next project, Ancient Places, will be published in May. For details, visit www.jacknisbet.com