BOOK: Meander Scars: Reflections on Healing the Willamette River

A new book out from Oregon State University Press may interest readers of this blog:

Abby Phillips Metzger, Meander Scars: Reflections on Healing the Willamette River (Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press, 2013), 176 pp.

In Meander Scars, Abby Phillips Metzger recounts a forgotten Oregon river as it was before white settlement. Once a rich network of channels and sloughs, the Willamette today bears the scars of development and degradation. Yet, through canoe trips and intimate explorations of the river, Metzger discovers glints of resiliency: a beaver trolling through a slough, native fish in quiet backwaters, and strong currents that carry undertones of the wild Willamette. Together with tales from farmers and scientists alike, these experiences lead Metzger to ask whether something scarred can fully heal, and whether a disjointed river can be whole again.

Metzger recently wrote about “Rivers, Loss, and Mystery” for the OSU Press blog, here.

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