Adam M. Sowards

Adam M. Sowards is professor of history at the University of Idaho. He has published dozens of articles and chapters on Northwest environmental history and is the author or editor of several books, including United States West Coast: An Environmental History (2007), The Environmental Justice: William O. Douglas and American Conservation (2009), Idaho's Place: A New History of the Gem State (2014), and An Open Pit Visible from the Moon: The Wilderness Act and the Fight to Protect Miners Ridge and the Public Interest (2020).

Author's Entries

  • Hells Canyon

    As the country’s deepest canyon, at 7,993 feet, Hells Canyon is a place of superlatives rooted in its remoteness. It is a place where people can hike, raft, and hunt and experience an exceptional landscape with unique geographic features and a sense of isolation. Carved by the Snake River, …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • William O. Douglas (1898-1980)

    Although he hailed from the State of Washington, William O. Douglas represented the greater Pacific Northwest on the national stage as a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice. As the longest-serving justice in Supreme Court history (1939-1975), Douglas participated in major changes in American politics and society. He was well known …

    Oregon Encyclopedia