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Chuck Holbert is from Coos Bay, Oregon, and is an amateur naturalist and lifelong forager. He has taught survival skills to the U.S. Coastguard, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts of America and several search and rescue organizations. He has taught college level field identification courses, published numerous articles on foraging and still conducts field trips for others just for fun.
Chuck's education was in the sciences and his career was in materials and project management. Now retired, he regularly hunts wild edibles for personal pleasure and enjoys turning people on to the joys of hunting wild foods. While his grandfather taught him much about the outdoors, as a Boy Scout he learned basic survival skills, how to navigate the woods and became an avid backpacker. For Chuck foraging usually was a family affair involving every member regardless of age. "It is an activity older than modern civilization. Foraging is who we are, yet strangely, while the peoples of most industrialized nations still do it, Americans seem to have forgotten it and the healthy pleasure it brings. Maybe we have lost the ability to get around in the woods with confidence," Chuck muses, "or maybe we're in too big of a rush to get somewhere." He enjoys planning the outing and being on the hunt for some elusive choice wild food, but mostly enjoys creating gourmet recipes designed to bring out the best of the wild...hence his books. Rich with humor and useful tips for personal safety, Chuck's recipe articles will lead you to fresh air, exercise, places you've never seen and incredibly grand food...far better than anything you can find in your supermarket.