Timber Press is set to release the North Texas nature guide by Amy Martin in April. Above, Connemara Meadow in Allen. Photo by Daniel Koglin.
Sept. 16, 2022
Wild DFW is coming soon!
Timber Press, the Portland-based publisher of Wild LA, is set to release the North Texas nature guide in April.
The book penned by Dallas-based writer and environmental reporter Amy Martin has been in the works for more than two years.
We got a sneak peek at the cover art by Dallas-based artist and muralist Mariell Guzman this week.
“I really hit the jackpot with her,” said Martin. “It’s commendable for Timber Press to seek out artists from the areas each Wild book is covering.”
Martin dished that there’s also a Wild Houston book due out in late 2023 by Timber Press, as well as an Austin version in the pipeline.
“I’m excited about Wild Houston,” said Martin. “The author, Suzanne Simpson, is a true nature powerhouse. She was the Stewardship Director at Bayou Land Conservancy for a long time, and is now land acquisition manager at Galveston Bay Foundation. Few know the Houston area as well as Suzanne. She has excellent naturalist chops.”
Martin, a senior reporter for Green Source DFW, was born in Houston and moved with her family to North Dallas at age 4. Their home by a creek, instilled in her a love of nature and exploring wild spaces.
As a teen, she attended the bohemian back-to-nature campus Walden Prepatory High School in Dallas.
Over the years, she developed her knowledge of local ecology, environmental issues such as recycling, while writing for Dallas Morning News and serving as a contributing editor for the pioneering Garbage magazine. Since 2014, she's written for Green Source DFW, covering North Texas wild spaces and other environmental topics.
Along the way, she restored her 75-acre property in Fannin County for wildlife habitat and earned her Texas Master Naturalist credentials.
In addition, she’s logged hundreds of hours on North Texas trails, racking up five to 20 miles a week, at times.
In her new book, she'll share her insight into local natural spaces, along with tidbits gleaned from the many experts that Martin interviewed for the book.
Author Amy Martin. Photo by Stalin SM.
There will also be details on the natural history, ecology and weather of Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties.
Stay tuned for news about pre-sales. Martin said she will be making the rounds of local clubs, municipal organizations and tourism associations to promote her book next year.
“I’ll be preaching the gospel of preserving nature so that DFW can enjoy healthy nature tourism revenues,” she said. “I’ll be reaching out to the nature-curious groups like women’s and garden clubs, who might not be hikers, but could be inspired with a little knowledge and motivation.”
Check Martin’s blog for updates.