Green Giants: Rainforests of the Pacific Northwest


48 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations, Maps, Index
ISBN 1-55054-201-X
DDC j508.315'2'09795






Reviewed by Susan Brown

Susan Brown is a B.C. horticulturist, permaculture designer, and early
childhood education instructor.


The defining characteristics of the ancient Pacific Northwest rain
forest are clearly described in this book, which is enhanced by
beautiful, high-quality photographs. Brief chapters deal with the forest
floor and the animals, birds, and fish of the rain forest. Also covered
are the continuing traditional relationship of First Nations peoples
with the forest, methods of utilizing the giant trees, and the prominent
use of cedar in Native cultures. The book is balanced in its treatment
of contemporary social issues pertaining to forest use, acknowledging
the concerns of the people and communities that make their living from
cutting trees. The loss of jobs to automation and the effects of
clear-cutting are clearly and concisely described.

This volume from the Earth Care Books series is, to this reviewer’s
knowledge, the best-informed, most attractive, and most reasonably
priced text available on temperate rainforest ecology. Highly


Parkin, Tom., “Green Giants: Rainforests of the Pacific Northwest,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 23, 2024,