The Roadless Yaak: Reflections and Observations about One of Our Last Great

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This collection of essays about the Yaak Valley of northwestern Montana brings to life the wilderness and isolation, exhilaration and trepidation that visitors (and residents) encounter here. The million-acre Yaak Valley is home to only 150 people but untold numbers of elk, deer, grizzly bears, cougars, and other critters, big and small. An astonishing 175,000 acres remain roadless in this remote area near the Canadian border. Read about a mother who spends Thanksgiving weekend in the Yaak with her children. ...
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This collection of essays about the Yaak Valley of northwestern Montana brings to life the wilderness and isolation, exhilaration and trepidation that visitors (and residents) encounter here. The million-acre Yaak Valley is home to only 150 people but untold numbers of elk, deer, grizzly bears, cougars, and other critters, big and small. An astonishing 175,000 acres remain roadless in this remote area near the Canadian border. Read about a mother who spends Thanksgiving weekend in the Yaak with her children. "...the Yaak is where my children and I together have fallen headlong into the glory of the unfamiliar, into the last of the planet's wilderness, the unpredictability of the natural landscape, the authentic hush possible only away from the clamor." ("Traveling Close to Home," Debra Gwartney). You will learn about a teacher who is torn between the world beyond the Yaak and the life he has come to know - mountains, thick forests, snow, and bears. And you will learn why we as a people must protect wild places like this for future generations.
Contributors include: Todd Tanner, William McKibben, Gregory McNamee, Jeff Ferderer, Amy Edmonds, Scott Daily, Laurie Lane-Zucker, Sue Halpern, Tim Linehan, Debra Gwartney, Bob Shacochis, Doug Peacock, Annick Smith, Bill Kittredge, Jim Fergus.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781592281374
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

RICK BASS is the author of over a dozen highly acclaimed books of fiction and nonfiction, including Platte River, The Ninemile Wolves, The Watch, Oil Notes, The Sky, the Stars, the Wilderness, Where the Sea Used to Be, and The New Wolves (page TK). He lives with his wife and daughters in northwest Montana.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction: Conservation for a New Century 1
Chapter 1 Traveling Close to Home 13
Chapter 2 The Slow and Difficult Trick 19
Chapter 3 The Loggers 27
Chapter 4 Pieces of Sky 31
Chapter 5 Afraid 37
Chapter 6 Pungency 41
Chapter 7 Yaak and the Unknowable Wild 43
Chapter 8 Up Against Openings 51
Chapter 9 Waiting for the River to Rise and the Ice to Break 61
Chapter 10 In One Lies the Presence of the Other 73
Chapter 11 The Music in My Father's House 75
Chapter 12 Up on Hensley 77
Chapter 13 For the Keepers of Secrets 81
Chapter 14 Gunsight Mountain 85
Chapter 15 Living Along the Road Less Traveled 89
Chapter 16 Ghost Print 99
Chapter 17 The Community of Glaciers 103
Chapter 18 Upriver Unto the Church of the Dirty Shame 117
Chapter 19 The Best Last Place 119
Chapter 20 Diversions 123
Chapter 21 Tininess 125
Chapter 22 The Sylvan Lady 127
Chapter 23 Nerd Science and Miracles in Supratropical Montana 137
Chapter 24 Into the Yaak 145
Chapter 25 Yaak Magic 157
Chapter 26 Why We Need the Yaak Wild 163
Chapter 27 Dear Rick 175
Chapter 28 An Alaskan Visits the Yaak 177
Chapter 29 Grouse, Grouse, Grouse 187
Chapter 30 Whirlwind in the Yaak 193
Chapter 31 Latitude/Longitude 197
Chapter 32 The Yaak 207
Chapter 33 Looking Out/Looking In 213
Chapter 34 Here's to You, Mr. Robinson 217
Chapter 35 Solstice 223
About the Authors 229
Who to Write, How to Help 237
Index 239
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