About Jeff Golden


Forest Blood draws its sweeping breadth from the its author's personal experience - logger, environmental troublemaker, politician - in the forests of Pacific Northwest. In the early 1970s Jeff Golden dropped out of Harvard, bought a used chainsaw, and homesteaded twenty acres in the mountains of Southern Oregon. As a whitewater river guide in the late '70s he took his first step into environmental politics by joining the fight to protect free- flowing rivers against massive federal dam projects. In 1978 he founded the Oregon Guides Association and became its first president.

After earning a Masters Degree in Broadcast Communications from Stanford in 1982, Jeff returned to Southern Oregon as a public television producer. The Downstate Gazette, a monthly program he created and produced to showcase rural Oregon's forest and water conflicts, won broad acclaim for revealing the raw human dramas behind the larger public issues.

In 1986 Jeff Golden was elected Commissioner of Jackson County, Oregon, at the geographic and political center of the Spotted Owl battle. Because of his efforts to reduce the county's dependence on federal timber receipts and to promote alternative jobs for dislocated timber workers, some elements of the timber industry organized an effort to remove him from office. Their unsuccessful recall campaign drew national attention to the Oregon forests, and Jeff became the first Oregonian nominated for the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

Jeff continued to work on the most vexing forest issues as Chief of Staff to the Oregon Senate President. He is the author of Watermelon Summer and numerous columns on the conservation of natural resources. He currently hosts The Jefferson Exchange, a daily talk show on public radio.

Forest Blood weaves these experiences into a richly satisfying fabric.

Jeff Golden lives in Ashland, Oregon, near his son Daniel and his daughter Sarah.