Our National Monuments: America's Hidden Gems

Our National Monuments: America's Hidden Gems

Our National Monuments: America's Hidden Gems

Our National Monuments: America's Hidden Gems


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With the stroke of a pen, the president of the United States can proclaim a national monument. The Antiquities Act of 1906 was enacted to provide an expedited means to protect areas of natural or cultural significance. Since then, 16 presidents have used the Act to preserve some of America' most treasured public lands and waters. In 2017, an unprecedented executive order was issued questioning these designations by calling for the review of 27 national monuments across 11 states and two oceans, opening the threat of development to vulnerable and irreplaceable natural resources.

Our National Monuments, the first book of its kind, introduces these spectacular and unique landscapes at risk from the review. From the north woods of Maine to the cactus-filled deserts of Arizona, those national monuments include vast lands rivaling the national parks in beauty, diversity, and historical heritage. The critically important landscapes are often under the radar, with limited visitor information available, yet offer considerable opportunities for solitude and adventure compared to bustling national parks.

QT Luong - of the most prolific photographers working in America's public lands and author of the best-selling and acclaimed photography book about the national parks, Treasured Lands - hiked and camped in the 22 land-based national monuments under review, aiming his lens at the grand vistas, archaeological wonders, and hidden delights along the way. Accompanying the collection of 300 scenic photographs is an invaluable guide that includes maps, descriptions of the author's wide-ranging explorations and highlights for each of the monuments. Introductory essays from leaders and activists of 27 conservation associations provide the perspective of citizens caring for each of these national treasures. A foreword by former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, as well as photographs of marine national monuments from Ansel Adams award-winning photographer Ian Shive round out this comprehensive portrayal of America's hidden gems.

Our National Monuments invites readers to experience for themselves these lands and learn about the people and cultures who came before - for whom these sites remain sacred places - with a renewed understanding of how these essential landscapes are preserving America's past and shaping its future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733576079
Publisher: Terra Galleria Press
Publication date: 11/09/2021
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 459,013
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

QT Luong is a photographer, author, and environmentalist, known for being the first to photograph all 63 national parks - in large format. A recipient of the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for Photography and of the National Parks Conservation Association Robin W. Winks Award for Enhancing Public Understanding of National Parks, he was featured in the PBS series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" and in many press articles. Luong's photographs have appeared in hundreds of publications around the world, as well as solo gallery and museum exhibits across America. He lives in San Jose, CA with his wife and two children.

Sally Jewell served as United States Secretary of the Interior from 2013-17, following over 40 years in business. As a public servant, she advocated for balanced protection of public lands and waters, leveraged science to shape a landscape-level understanding of our resources, helped nurture a respectful nation-to-nation relationship with Native American tribes, and engaged youth in opportunities to experience and care for the natural world. Jewell has been recognized for working with groups across ideologies, geographies, and interests to seek common ground, making decisions that recognize the importance of shaping a future that is both economically successful and environmentally sustainable for all.

Ian Shive is an award-winning American filmmaker and photographer whose work documents some of the world’s most pristine environments and brings to the public important conservation stories from around the globe. In 2020, Ian Shive launched a new series on Discovery Channel titled Nature in Focus, where he explores our planet as host and executive producer. In 2019, Ian led several expeditions to some of the world’s most remote coral atolls for the giant-screen film, Hidden Pacific, which he directed and produced. Based in Los Angeles, Ian is also the founder and CEO of Tandem Stills + Motion, a leading outdoor media company.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Sally Jewell 8

Introduction 10

Maine 16
Katahdin Woods and Waters 18

Montana 28
Upper Missouri River Breaks 30

Washington 40
Hanford Reach 42

Idaho 52
Craters of the Moon 54

Oregon 66
Cascade-Siskiyou 68

California 80
Berryessa Snow Mountain 82
Giant Sequoia 90
Carrizo Plain 102
San Gabriel Mountains 112
Sand to Snow 124
Mojave Trails 134

Nevada 146
Basin and Range 148
Gold Butte 160

Utah 172
Bears Ears 174
Grand Staircase-Escalante 188

Colorado 202
Canyons of the Ancients 204

Arizona 210
Vermilion Cliffs 212
Grand Canyon-Parashant 224
Sonoran Desert 234
Ironwood Forest 242

New mexico 250
Rio Grande del Norte 252
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks 262

Marine national monuments 274
Papahanaumokuakea 276
Pacific Remote Islands 284
Rose Atoll 290
Marianas Trench 296
Northeast Canyons and Seamounts 300

Afterword 304

Acknowledgments 306

Colophon 308

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