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Preorder your copy of The Forests of California by Obi Kaufmann direct from us, the publisher, and receive:

A 30% publisher’s discount plus Obi’s custom-designed Wilderness Defense Patch Series for FREE. This series was created in partnership with California Trout and California Native Plant Society and includes three sew-on patches. Each one is 3″ in diameter, 100% embroidered, and designed by Obi specifically for this campaign.

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* 30% publisher’s discount. Retail price is normally $55, and you’ll get it for $38.50!

–Limited Quantity–
Wilderness Defense
Campaign Patch Series

Receive Obi’s custom-designed Wilderness Defense Patch Series for free. This series includes three sew-on patches. Each one is 3″ in diameter, 100% embroidered, and created by Obi specifically for this campaign. You can only get them here and now. Don’t miss! More info on the patches and the causes they serve below. 


From the author of The California Field Atlas (#1 San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller) comes a major work that not only guides readers through the Golden State’s forested lands, but also presents a profoundly original vision of nature in the twenty-first century. The Forests of California features an abundance of Obi Kaufmann’s signature watercolor maps and trail paintings, weaving them into an expansive and accessible exploration of the biodiversity that defines California in the global imagination. Expanding on the style of the Field Atlas, Kaufmann tells an epic story that spans millions of years, nearly one hundred species of trees, and an astonishing richness of ecosystems. The Forests of California is the first volume in a planned trilogy of field atlases, with The Coasts of California and The Deserts of California to follow, and Kaufmann seeks to create nothing less than a new understanding of the more-than-human world. The lessons in this book extend well beyond California’s borders. If Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees and Richard Powers’s The Overstory opened readers’ eyes to the awesome power of arboreal life, The Forests of California gives readers a unique and unprecedented immersion in that power.


Growing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. For Kaufmann, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at his desk in Oakland, posting @coyotethunder #trailpaintings on social media. His website is

About The Wilderness Defense Campaign Patch Series

The Forests of California

The official patch of Obi Kaufmann’s Wilderness Defense Campaign Patch Series. Protecting natural systems, their habitat and biodiversity, is the best strategy we have of building a future society that continues prosperously in an uncertain global climate. Our single paradigm should focus on striking a balance between natural resource extraction and replenishment.

Restore Eel River Headwaters


Unique among West Coast Rivers, there are no hatcheries on the Eel. The salmon that return are wild, genetically robust, and ready to flourish. The threats are manageable. Through its leadership in the Eel River Forum and the development of the Eel River Action Plan, CalTrout is leading the way for the Eel’s return to abundance with a headwaters-to-sea approach.

Protect Walker Ridge


The California Native Plant Society is on a mission to save California’s native plants and places using both head and heart. CNPS brings together science, education, conservation, and gardening to power the native plant movement. CNPS has joined the Protect Walker Ridge Alliance and is launching a public campaign to stop the proposed wind project and permanently protect Walker Ridge.

– Available only in the United States.
– Total pricing will be cost of the book ($38.50), plus taxes and shipping ($5 flat rate).


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