A Field Guide to Manzanitas

Coming in 2015 – A Field Guide to Manzanitas

Manzanita’s center of biodiversity is in the California Floristic Province, where they are the “rock stars” of woody shrub diversity. Ranging from the Sierra Nevada mountains to coastal bluffs along the Pacific, from temperate rainforests along the North Coast to arid mountain slopes in Southern California, a wealth of manzanita species and subspecies can be found in an astonishing array of environments.

What is presented herein is an assimilation of images, descriptions, and range maps to better understand these plants through:

  • Color plates for identifying the world’s manzanitas
  • Accurate and updated range maps
  • 28 manzanita hot-spots for finding them in the field
  • Spectacular photos from across North America
  • Simplified keys by region
  • Discussion covering endemism, ecology, and evolution of the genus

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Join the Northcoast Environmental Center and Backcountry Press at the Arcata Playhouse on December 11th, 2014 at 6:30.

Filmmaker ML Lincoln’s documentary Wrenched reveals how Edward Abbey’s anarchistic spirit and riotous novels influenced and helped guide the nascent environmental movement of the 1970s and ‘80s. Through interviews, archival footage and re-enactments, ML Lincoln captures the outrage of Abbey’s friends who were the original eco-warriors.

Wrenched at the Arcata Playhouse - December 11th, 2014

Wrenched at the Arcata Playhouse – December 11th, 2014.


Conifer Presentation

Friends of The Chico State Herbarium
California State University, Chico
Annual Meeting
November 8, 2014, Saturday

Friends of The Chico State Herbarium California State University, Chico Annual Meeting 2014

The Friends of the Herbarium will be taking Michael out to dinner following his presentation.

The Klamath Mountains nurture one of the richest temperate coniferous forests on the planet and Michael’s book Conifer Country explores that diversity. He also published a field guide called Conifers of the Pacific Slope which, through color plates and range maps, describes 65 conifer taxa in California, Oregon and Washington. Join Michael for an arm-chair journey into the Klamath Mountains and beyond—where we will explore ancient plants that survive in the West’s most exhilarating landscapes.

Michael Kauffmann is an educator at the elementary through college level. He lives in Kneeland, California with his wife Allison and son Sylas and in his free time enjoys backpacking and plant exploring. Over the past 10 years he has walked over and around the Klamath Mountains in an attempt to better understand the region’s ecology through the eyes of conifers—one of the Earth’s oldest lineages of plants.


Articulate Earth

Backcountry Press Presents

Articulate Earth

by David Rains Wallace author of The Klamath Knot

Articulate Earth is a collection of 23 provocative essays spanning the past 30 years of Wallace’s career. Through meticulous research and hands-on experience, he explores American culture’s relationship with nature—particularly that of the West—in its literary, scientific, and political dimensions.


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By David Rains Wallace - click to learn more

By David Rains Wallace – click to learn more

Available Now

Our newest release, Hiking Oregon and California’s Wild Rivers Country is available now from these independent booksellers and from Backcountry Press.

In California:

  • Arcata: Northtown Books and Rookery Books
  • Eureka: Booklegger and Eureka Books
  • McKinleyville: Blake’s Books
  • Crescent City: Jefferson State Books

In Oregon:

  • Ashland: Northwest Nature Shop
  • Cave Junction: Oregon Caves National Monument and Rogue Living

More locations coming soon.

Available Now!

Available Now!