New book

Jim Rogers holds his new book, Curry County Mammals I Have Known.

Jim Rogers has written a book of short stories about the wild animals that he’s encountered through his life as a woodsman: Curry County Mammals I have known: stories of wild animals, backwoods life, and forest conservation in Southwest Oregon.

Rogers is best known as an industry-forester turned environmentalist who led efforts to protect both the Grassy Knob and Copper Salmon wilderness areas up Elk River. The book captures some of Roger’s wealth of knowledge and experiences in local forests. His stories offer scientific information with a personal touch as he shares his experiences with wild animals, offering local insight and often the opportunity for a good laugh.

His stories first appeared in a popular column in the newsletter of the Kalmiopsis Audubon Society, a local conservation group that Rogers helped to found more than 40 years ago. According to the group’s President Ann Vileisis, “Jim Rogers knows the backwoods of Curry County better than anyone and has a one-of-a-kind voice as a local woodsman, hunter and conservationist.”

Kalmiopsis Audubon published the book in order to share Rogers' writings with a broader audience. The book was beautifully compiled by Teresa Bird, who has long admired Rogers' knowledge of and love for Curry County’s forests — and felt that everyone in the area would love to share in his encounters with animals through his gift of storytelling. It includes an introduction by Ann Vileisis about his unique life path and why he’s been so important to the history of conservation in our region.

The final essay is one Rogers wrote about his personal transformation from timber manager to conservationist and his efforts to protect the Grassy Knob Wilderness. Michael Kauffman, noted author of the book Conifer Country, offered this comment after reviewing the book: “With observations made across decades, Jim has nurtured deep connections with the natural world. His stories, weaving personal tales with scientific understandings, give us all a path to better know and connect with the wild mammals of this place.”

Curry County Mammals I Have Known is now available for purchase locally at the Port Orford Community Co-op and at Gold Beach Books and would make a good gift for your local, nature-loving friends. The book can also be ordered online from Barnes & Noble for $12.95.

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