Chasing Clayoquot: A Wilderness Almanac

Chasing Clayoquot: A Wilderness Almanac

by David Pitt-Brooke
     
 

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In the manner of Thoreau, naturalist David Pitt-Brooke meditates on one of Earth’s last untouched places — Vancouver Island’s fabled Clayoquot Sound. This area came to prominence during “Clayoquot Summer,” a 1993 protest that resulted in 800 arrests but also halted the region's destruction by logging. Clayoquot Sound encompasses every… See more details below

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In the manner of Thoreau, naturalist David Pitt-Brooke meditates on one of Earth’s last untouched places — Vancouver Island’s fabled Clayoquot Sound. This area came to prominence during “Clayoquot Summer,” a 1993 protest that resulted in 800 arrests but also halted the region's destruction by logging. Clayoquot Sound encompasses every imaginable landscape, from alpine tundra to old-growth temperate rain forest. Like Barry Lopez did with the north in Arctic Dreams, Pitt-Brooke approaches this wild, magical place by taking readers on an unforgettable journey for each month of the year. Chasing Clayoquot is a profound — and political — trip through an extraordinary environment.

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Publishers Weekly
What Canadian naturalist Pitt-Brooke chases in this paean to Clayoquot Sound, a still pristine patch of Vancouver Island's west coast, is hope--hope that the environmental diversity of that short stretch of natural paradise will survive population pressure, industrial encroachment and logging devastation. In a dozen poetic year-in-the-life chapters, Pitt-Brooke savors nature with Thoreauvian gusto. In January, he seeks out batten-down-the-hatches winter winds. Come April, he's out to sea, eye-to-eye with cavorting whales as they migrate north. June is for walking the intertidal zone, where mollusks and other briny beings thrive and die in the few feet where ocean washes over land; October is for hiking mountain streams, where salmon come home to spawn and black bears come to feed on them. At the close of the year, Pitt-Brooke's quest moves from exuberant physical experience to spiritual and historical reflection, as he searches for signs of ancient human presence on the land and distills the accounts of the European explorers who a scant two centuries ago wrested the land from its original inhabitants. Though the book's emotional focus is on one singular geographical location, it's a clarion call for the preservation of all wild places. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781551927718
Publisher:
Raincoast Book Distribution
Publication date:
06/15/2005
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.79(d)

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