What Readers Are Saying

Reader Testimonials

Harrowing, hilarious, and tender, 10,000 Days in the Woods shows how forestry was Russ Richardson’s calling. Yet more than the early-career memoir of one eager and intrepid forester, the tales captured here reveal a time and place that might otherwise remain hidden deep in the woods forever. For anyone yearning for more time spent outdoors — or for an unvarnished account of American forestry in the 1970s — this is a wonderful, insightful and thoroughly enjoyable read.

Jeff Benzak

I like your style and ability to evoke strong imagery. The reminisces reminded me of Truman Capote’s writing. I enjoyed the book and look forward to volume two.

Michael Rubin

It brings to life a world most people don’t experience anymore. The writing is so visual, you really get a sense of being in the woods…

Giselle Harrington

It’s a wonderful book and a terrific collection of stories with a descriptive way of writing that made me feel I was there at times, but happy I wasn’t there many times! A unique contribution to environmental literature and I can’t think of any other books that are like this.

Tom Webler

It was the perfect read last weekend. I laughed out loud several times and learned so much from the stories.

Evelyn Hartman


“It was the perfect read last weekend. I laughed out loud several times and learned so much from the stories.”

“I can’t imagine there are any better accounts out there of life in forestry school in the 1960s and working on a USFS timber marking crew with Viet Nam veterans! It’s all fascinating.”

“You have a wealth of great stories.  Some have really stuck with me over the days.

The funniest story was when you went to North Dakota and were hitchhiking to college when you decided you’d have to spend a night in the ditch.

I taught at Western Washington University in Bellingham for a few years. I loved it out there. After reading your stories, I’m left with the image of little mushrooms growing inside the cab of the pickup truck.”

“I just finished reading all of your tales from the woods and look forward to volume two

I thought that your description on the top of Little Joe Mountain was a moving piece of environmental literature. I could relate to the majesty of the place – and how being alone there must have magnified the experience beyond what I have ever felt. It was beautiful writing”

“I so enjoyed the stories you told of growing up in Shelburne and playing in Dragon Brook. I can’t get the image of you “Tarzaning” across the gorge on a vine out of my mind”