Uncommon Wealth: Essays on Virginia's Wild Places

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From the rugged Appalachians to the Atlantic shore, from the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia boasts diverse natural wonders amidst its settled landscapes. In this first-of-its-kind collection of original essays, 20 of Virginia's finest authors—nature writers, essayists, and journalists—immerse themselves in 20 different wild places. In essays that range from natural history to social commentary to childhood memories, their tone varies from reflective to outraged to humorous—each one ...

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From the rugged Appalachians to the Atlantic shore, from the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia boasts diverse natural wonders amidst its settled landscapes. In this first-of-its-kind collection of original essays, 20 of Virginia's finest authors—nature writers, essayists, and journalists—immerse themselves in 20 different wild places. In essays that range from natural history to social commentary to childhood memories, their tone varies from reflective to outraged to humorous—each one uniquely personal.

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Twenty of Virginia's finest nature writers, essayists, and journalists immerse themselves in 20 different wild places. In essays that range from natural history to social commentary to childhood memories, their tone varies from reflective to outraged to humorous, each one uniquely personal. The editor is director of communications for the Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Lacks a subject index. Published by Falcon Publishing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781560449157
  • Publisher: Falcon Press Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
About The Nature Conservancy viii
Foreword ix
Introduction xi
New Ground
Barriers (on the Barrier Islands) 3
A Bright and Shining Swamp (on the Blackwater River) 11
Fist-Cloud at Laurel Fork (on Laurel Fork) 25
Christmas with Eagles: A Holi-day in Four Parts (on Mason Neck) 36
Into the Great Dismal (on Great Dismal Swamp) 53
Loss and Recompense at the Pinnacle (on the Pinnacle, Clinch River) 66
Home Ground
Forest Children (on Fan Mountain) 75
Escape to North River Gorge (on North River Gorge) 83
Seasons of Life (on False Cape and Back Bay) 91
The Forest Returns (on Bottom Creek Gorge) 98
A River Good Enough: On the Merits of Modest Water (on the Moormans River) 109
I Write from a Mountain Farm (on the Clinch River) 124
To Love a Place (on Cross Mountain) 130
Prime Mountain Real Estate: "Best Views in the World" (on Shenandoah National Park) 138
Roots
A Mountain Retrospective: Revisiting Southwest Virginia (on Southwest Virginia) 155
Only in the Land of Goshen (on Goshen Pass) 166
Wild in the City: The Urban James River (on the James River) 177
Where Rare Plants Dwell (on the North Landing River) 187
In the Blood (on the Rappahannock River) 195
And This Way the Water Comes Down at the Gorge (on the Bullpasture River) 205
About the Editor 217
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