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14-010: Environmental author William Dietrich presents an hour-long forest talk, Feb. 22

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OLYMPIA - Feb. 18, 2013 - Environmental author William (Bill) Dietrich will present an hour-long forest talk, followed by a ranger-guided tour of park trails at Rockport State Park Saturday.

The Deep Forest Program is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Dietrich will talk about the human and natural history of the North Cascade region. The talk will be followed by a guided tour of Rockport trails led by Washington State Parks rangers.

Dietrich is a career journalist who shared a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill with the Seattle Times. His presentation, entitled, “Natural Grace: Appreciating the Once and Future Forest” also will touch on stewardship and forest policy challenges and opportunities.

Copies of Dietrich’s books will be available for signing and sale. His books include “The Final Forest – Big Trees, Forks and the Pacific Northwest,” and “Natural Grace – The Charm, Wonder and Lessons of Pacific Northwest;” “Northwest Passage – the Great Columbia River” and a book on North Cascades, due to be published in the fall. He also is an essayist for “On Puget Sound” and “Green Fire,” a history of Huxley College. His historical thriller novels have been published in 28 languages.

No reservations are required to attend the talk and tour. Visitors will need a Discover Pass or a $10 day pass for vehicle access to the park.


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