The Friends of the Seaside Library welcome Marcy Houle who will discuss her latest book, A Generous Nature: Lives Transformed by Oregon.

 offers profiles of twenty-one conservationists and activists 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.

These stories do more than educate. They will inspire readers and demonstrate that individually we can make a difference. A Generous Nature is a crucial reminder of our responsibility to stand for and defend the places, ideals, and laws that make Oregon a progressive model for the rest of the nation.

Among the many profiles is local conservationist, Neal Maine.  Mr. Maine he will be on-hand to participate in the event.

MARCY COTTRELL HOULE is a writer, award-winning author of five books, and a wildlife biologist. 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. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and has written articles for Reader’s Digest, Los Angeles Times, Globe and Mail, Nature Conservancy Magazine, and Cricket Magazine for Children.

Marcy lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

The event will take place in the Community Room at 1:00 p.m. and admission is free.



Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 1:00pm