Wildlands Philanthropy: The Great American Tradition

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In Wildlands Philanthropy, veteran conservation writer Tom Butler and world-class landscape photographer Antonio Vizcaíno take readers on a visually spectacular tour of natural landmarks from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego and around globe. With more than 350 pages, 170 color photographs, and a large-format design with exquisite production values, Wildlands Philanthropy is a book grand enough to tell the inspiring stories of people who saved extraordinary places. From Muir Woods National Monument to Acadia National ...
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Overview


In Wildlands Philanthropy, veteran conservation writer Tom Butler and world-class landscape photographer Antonio Vizcaíno take readers on a visually spectacular tour of natural landmarks from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego and around globe. With more than 350 pages, 170 color photographs, and a large-format design with exquisite production values, Wildlands Philanthropy is a book grand enough to tell the inspiring stories of people who saved extraordinary places. From Muir Woods National Monument to Acadia National Park, from beloved icons to obscure natural areas, the forty parks, refuges, and sanctuaries featured in the book represent the incredible diversity of wildlife habitats that have been saved through private initiative during the past century. The amazing people who invested their passion and wealth to secure these scenic treasures come from every walk of life and every corner of the country, suggesting that everyone—regardless of means—can join this great American tradition of individual action on behalf of wild nature.

This Deluxe Edition features a gorgeous slipcase and bonus DVD of stories of the magnificent lands and the people who saved them.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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"Conservation philanthropy is an endearing centerpiece of America's civic traditions. Its fruits enrich the lives of every citizen and strengthen our democracy. Thanks to the generosity of individuals, Americans can still find the root of our nation's most fundamental political, cultural, and moral values in those large swaths of wilderness that have been permanently preserved by private philanthropy."
- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., chairman, Waterkeeper Alliance, and author, Crimes Against Nature

"These remarkable stories of individual initiative should inspire every American to ask - what can I do to help preserve our natural heritage?"
- Bruce Babbitt, chairman, World Wildlife Fund, and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior

"The greatest legacy we can leave future generations is nature, in all its richness and splendor, providing values that defy conventional measure. This magnificent book stirringly celebrates those great humanitarians who ensure that future generations will remember us not just for what we create, but for what we refuse to destroy."
- Steve McCormick, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and former president, The Nature Conservancy

"So you've amassed your fortune and are in the glow of your golden years. What better way to establish a legacy than to create your own national park that will be a gift to the world and will last a lot longer than any foundation."
- Yvon Chouinard, founder, Patagonia Inc., and author of Let My People Go Surfing

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601090591
  • Publisher: Insight Editions LLC
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 11.80 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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