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Recommended Books

Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time. - John Ruskin 

JFW Recommended Book List

The following is a list of reference texts that are in regular use among Junior Forest Wardens and Leaders. This list is meant to help guide you when purchasing quality books on the various outdoor subjects, and while appearing as an endorsement, AJFWA has no business relationship or arrangement with the publishers or authors. In addition, AJFWA is not to be held liable for any problem arising from the information found within the books listed below.


The Fungal Pharmacy - Medicinal Mushrooms of Western Canada (Best)       
Robert Rogers, Prairie Diva Press 

Trees and Plants

Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland (Best)
Johnson, Kershaw, MacKinnon and Pojar
Lone Pine

Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rocky Mountains and neighboring Territories
Terry Willard
Lone Pine

Plants of Alberta
Royer and Dickinson
Lone Pine

Mammals – Animal and Track ID

Mammals of Alberta (Best)
Pattie and Fisher
Lone Pine

Animal Tracks of Alberta
Sheldon and Eder
Lone Pine


Birds of Alberta (Best)
Fisher and Acorn
Lone Pine

Compact Guide to Alberta Birds
Acorn, Fisher, Bezener, Kennedy, Kagume and Adams
Lone Pine

The Compact Guide to Birds of the Rockies
Holroyd and Coneybeare
Lone Pine

Outdoor Skills

Mors Kochanski
Lone Pine

General Outdoor Interest
Handbook of the Canadian Rockies
Ben Gadd
Corax Press

Woodstravel Guide (Revised December 1992)
by Mors Kochanski

*Digital download available here**PLEASE NOTE: this resource is available to JFW Members only and is not to be reprinted or made available outside of the JFW realm without the express permission of the author!  An updated version of this guide by Mr. Kochanski is available for purchase through the Karamat Wilderness Ways website here.


We provide this to allow clubs and individuals to contact the publisher directly for group or volume discounts.

Lone Pine Publishing
10145 – 81 Ave
Edmonton, AB
T6E 1W9

Prairie Diva Press
Box 75179
Ritchie PO
Edmonton, AB
T6E 6K1

Wild Rose College of Natural Healing
400 – 1228 Kensington Rd. NW
Calgary, AB
T2N 4P9

Corax Press
Box 1557
Jasper, AB
T0E 1E0