Paul Koberstein is co-author, with Jessica Applegate, of Canopy of Titans: The Life and Times of the Great North American Temperate Rainforest, which was published in August 2023 by OR Books. This rainforest sequesters more carbon per hectare than any other forest worldwide.

Paul is co-editor of Cascadia Times, a regional environmental journal published in Portland, Oregon. In 2004, he won the John B. Oakes Award for the most distinguished environmental journalism in the United States for a series of articles on the coral reef ecosystem in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the wildlife poaching that was occurring there.

Paul resides in Portland.


Jessica Applegate, is managing editor and photographer for Cascadia Times, since 2017. She is a founding member of Eastside Portland Air Coalition and led the campaign to enact the "Cleaner Air Oregon" law, the state’s first-ever air toxics regulations. For the last several years she has investigated and photographed environmental issues in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii for Cascadia Times. Her work has been published in online and print publications including Sierra Magazine, Mongabay, Truthout, The Progressive, and Earth Island Journal among others. This work resulted in award-winning articles exposing fraud in California’s carbon offsets program. Jessica and Paul Koberstein co-wrote the book, Canopy of Titans which is due to be published in hardcover in the fall of 2022 with OR Books, NY, and London. Jessica and Paul founded the Cascadia Media Lab, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization to support work on Canopy of Titans. Jessica holds a master of communication sciences degree from California State, Northridge. She also owns a small-scale organic vineyard in Douglas County, Oregon, and loves to wander in the woods whenever the stars align. Jessica resides in Portland, Oregon.


John W. Haines is the Executive Director of the Community Investment Trust with Mercy Corps Global Innovations Team since Feb. 2018. Previously, he was executive director of Mercy Corps Northwest, the domestic arm of Mercy Corps, for 15 years. From 1997-to 2002, he was vice president of ShoreBank Pacific, a start-up sustainable development bank in Portland, Oregon. From 1996-to 97 he was senior financial advisor to the Czech National Environmental Fund in Prague, working for Chemonics. From 1994-95 he was executive director of Trenton Business Assistance Corporation, an economic development loan fund in Trenton, NJ. From 1986-to 1991 he worked in various corporate banking and commercial lending positions with First Interstate Bank of Oregon (now Wells Fargo Bank). John published his first book, Never Leaving Laramie, Travels in a Restless World, with OSU press in 2020. He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and a native of Laramie, Wyoming.

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