Eifert, Larry 2000. Field Guide to Old-Growth Forests: Exploring Ancient Forest Ecosystems from California to the Pacific Northwest. Sasquatch Books, Seattle. 88 p.
Good background on the range of old-growth forests in western North America. Descriptions, illustrations and key characters of tree species, other plants and animals in these forests. Brief history of forestry practices. Very helpful maps of where to find these kinds of forests in each state or province.
Kimmerer, Robin. 2003. Gathering Moss. OSU Press, Corvallis OR. 176 p.
An award-winning book written by a research botanist who blends her knowledge as a Native American with western scientific approaches. She tells the stories of distinctively different mosses from various parts of the world with a personal, very readable style. Makes you want to identify the mosses yourself!
Li, Judith and Michael Barbour. 2011. Wading for Bugs: Exploring Streams with the Experts. OSU Press, Corvallis, OR. 159p.
A collection of 23 stories, each by an aquatic entomologist telling a personal story about a particular aquatic insect. The engaging narratives, along with an introduction to each of the major aquatic insect orders, help the reader appreciate life histories and fascinating characteristics of aquatic insects from diverse environments. Written for a non-scientist reader, the stories also provide a glimpse into how science in the field is conducted.
Luoma, Jon. 2006. The Hidden Forest: The Biography of an Ecosystem. OSU Press, Corvallis OR. 248 p.
This book provides historical and ecological background about the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest where Ellie’s Log takes place. It describes the development of research on the forest canopy, streams, rotting logs, insects, fungi, and wildlife. This is a dynamic environment where effects of flood, fire, clear cutting, and volcanic eruption add to the stories of the landscape. The approach is to tell the human story behind the research, capturing the shared excitement and wonder of scientific discovery. With a recognition of broader social implications, Luoma explores ways in which the research influenced ideas about forest policy, biodiversity and forest succession.
Maser, Chris 1989. Forest Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient Forest. OSU Press, Corvallis OR. 282 p.
An engaging story of an ancient forest in the Oregon Cascades from 987 to the present. Changes in the forest and lives of animals living there are set in the backdrop of human history. OSU Press edition 2001.
Maser, Chris and James M. Trappe, Technical Editors. 1984. The Seen and Unseen World of the Fallen Tree. Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. General Technical Report PNW-164. 56p.
Very technical details about the process of log decomposition and succession of biota that inhabit a log as it decays. Provides specific intervals of time for different stages of decomposition. The role of several important invertebrates are described. Also discusses the role of wood in streams and brief history of log transport in streams of the Pacific Northwest.
Oregon Forest Resources Institute. 2006. Identifying Priority Plants and Animals and Their Habitats. 100p.
Written to help forest landowners identify plants and animals that are protected by state or federal listings as threatened or endangered. Status, distribution, description and ecology are provided for each species, along with good photographs. Because these organisms are uncommon, this information does not address most of the animals mentioned in Ellie’s explorations, but illustrates the potential diversity of forest habitats. The handbook is part of an educational packet available from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute entitled “Rediscover Oregon’s Forest” that focuses on managed forests.
See also resources recommended for particular activities in the Teacher's Guide.