Heart of the Land: Essays on Last Great Places

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From Thomas McGuane on Idaho's Snake River to Louise Erdrich on the tallgrass prairies of her native North Dakota to Carl Hiaasen combing the imperiled fishing grounds of the Florida Keys, some of the country's finest writers celebrate the geography that The Nature Conservancy has designated as "Last Great Places."

Thirty prominent novelists, journalists, and nature writers celebrate the landscapes that The Nature Conservancy has designated "Last Great Places." As ...

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From Thomas McGuane on Idaho's Snake River to Louise Erdrich on the tallgrass prairies of her native North Dakota to Carl Hiaasen combing the imperiled fishing grounds of the Florida Keys, some of the country's finest writers celebrate the geography that The Nature Conservancy has designated as "Last Great Places."

Thirty prominent novelists, journalists, and nature writers celebrate the landscapes that The Nature Conservancy has designated "Last Great Places." As far-ranging in tone and style as the glorious places it extols, Heart of the Land also delivers a heartfelt plea for the preservation of the land and for the hopes, dreams, and wonders it holds.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Assembled by The Nature Conservancy, this collection of 30 essays celebrating imperiled landscapes features writers ranging from Louise Erdrich to Carl Hiaasen. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Commissioned by the Nature Conservancy to publicize and raise funds for its campaign to preserve ecosystems designated "Last Great Places," this collection of 30 essays describes special natural places that are in danger of disappearing forever. These places are found entirely in the Americas and Pacific Basin. Five are from outside the United States, with the balance split almost evenly between areas east and west of the Mississippi. The anthology includes not only nature writers like Rick Bass but novelists Thomas McGuane, Paul Theroux, and Barbara Kingsolver; nonfiction authors William Least Heat Moon, Joel Achenbach, and Bill McKibben; and several Native American and non-U.S. authors. Some of the places are surprising encounters: one is 30 miles from Columbus, Ohio, another on Martha's Vineyard. Perhaps the most striking portraits are of the rain forests in Central and South America. The high-quality prose, heartfelt sentiments, and noble cause combine to make this a recommended purchase for most nature collections.-Randy Dykhuis, OHIONET, Columbus, Ohio
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  • ISBN-13: 9780679435082
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/7/1995
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword
Winter Solstice at the Moab Slough (Colorado Plateau, Utah) 3
On Willow Creek (Texas Hill Country) 7
Wild Again (The Adirondack Mountains, New York) 25
Lake of the Stone Mother (Stillwater Marsh and Pyramid Lake, Nevada) 30
The Most Patient of Animals (Clinch Valley, Virginia) 44
On the Henry's Fork (Snake River, Idaho) 52
Of Beaches, Bays, and My Boyhood with the Colonel (The Atlantic Barrier Islands, Virginia) 60
Last of the Falling Tide (The Florida Keys) 71
Journey to the Lost City of the Jaguar (Rio Bravo, Belize) 78
Natural History Crashes, Resurfaces (Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, California) 86
Creations (Ria Lagartos and Ria Celestun, Yucatan, Mexico) 92
Playing God on the Lawns of the Lord (Osage County, Oklahoma) 110
Reimagining Warner (Warner Valley, Oregon) 117
The Far North People (Northern Continental Divide, Montana) 127
The Beginner's Mind (Gray Ranch, New Mexico) 136
Big Grass (Northern Tallgrass Prairie, North Dakota) 145
Back Home Again (Big Darby Creek, Ohio) 151
No Space to Waste (Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Massachusetts) 161
A Place of Grace (Block Island, Rhode Island) 171
Scrub, Beautiful Scrub (Lake Wales Ridge, Florida) 175
On the Trail of Walking James (Willapa Bay, Washington) 183
The Lost Land of Ka-Zar (Dos Palmas Oasis, California) 193
The Quetzal, the Parakeet, and the Jaguar (Sierra de las Minas, Guatemala) 202
Promises (ACE River Basin, South California) 215
Upon This River (The San Pedro River, Arizona) 224
The Betrayal of Jack (The Yampa River, Colorado) 229
Where the Sky Was Born (Sian Ka'an, Quintana Roo, Mexico) 251
The Rock Islands (Palau, Micronesia) 259
Great River (Peconic Bay, New York) 273
The Memory Place (Horse Lick Creek, Kentucky) 281
Acknowledgments 291
The Nature Conservancy and "Last Great Places" 293
About the Editors 297
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