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While one can visit a Carnegie library or the Guggenheim Museum, few travelers to California's Muir Woods National Monument or Maine's Acadia National Park know the name of their benefactors. This book is about a different kind of philanthropy, wherein the name of the donor is usually not attached to the donation. Butler (vice president, Northeast Wilderness Trust; Wild Earth) recounts the efforts of individuals to preserve land in its natural state. In nearly 40 stories, he describes areas across America that became state or national parks or preservation refuges over the last 100-plus years. Accompanying each essay are breathtaking photographs (over 165, in full color) of the area by conservationist and photographer Vizcaíno (cofounder, America Natural). In many cases, these are large-scale, double-page images. This book does justice to the lands and pays homage to those who had the foresight and the means to preserve these wildlands for the rest of us. Highly recommended for general audiences and public library collections.
—Margaret F. Dominy