Nature and Renewal: Wild River Valley & Beyond (Paperback)

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This is the story of a magnificent wilderness in a relatively unknown valley, circumscribed by high, steep mountains--the White Mountains of Maine and New Hampshire.

It is also the story of the valley's rogue river, Wild River; of a raging wildfire and the disappearance of an entire village community; of both land abuse and land stewardship; of ecological disaster and renewal; of nature's vulnerability and resiliency; and of people who experienced tragedy and good fortune.  Amazingly, through the centuries a single mighty hemlock tree survived to be a living witness to it all. Dean Bennett, who has spent a lifetime exploring the natural world and its human connections, brings to life this surprising story of the power of nature to renew.

Illustrated with photographs and maps and Bennett's beautiful illustrations, Nature and Renewal has a message for everyone.

About the Author

Dean Bennett, a lifelong Maine resident, went on his first hunting trip to his family’s Camp Sheepskin at the age of three and has spent each hunting season since at the camp. Bennett has been a cabinetmaker, curriculum developer, education program evaluator, college professor, and author. An advocate for the environment, Bennett names deer hunting as a pastime, and simultaneously has stressed the importance of environmental ethics while serving on various environmental organizations over his lifetime. He lives in Hallowell, Maine, with his wife, biologist Sheila K. Bennett.

Praise For…

...a fabulous natural and human history, beginning and ending with one
three-hundred-year-old hemlock. Through this extraordinary tree, we
witness the history of a place and people, a history of ignorance, a
history of arrogance, and ultimately, a history of humility. We find an
intersection of wild nature and human spirit that gives us hope that we
can permanently preserve a slice of the world as Wilderness.
— William H. Meadows, President, The Wilderness Society

Warning: Reading this book will make you want to lace up your hiking boots and explore Wild River Wilderness! Nature and Renewal
is not a hiking guide, but the perfect companion to one, weaving
together Dean Bennett's well-researched words, very clear maps, many
historic photos, and beautiful pen-and-ink drawings to tell the story of
this valley, how it has renewed itself after being heavily logged in
the 1890s, and how spirited volunteers campaigned successfully to
convince Congress to establish a wilderness area.
— Doug Scott, Policy Director, Campaign for America's Wilderness, and author of The Enduring Wilderness
Product Details
ISBN: 9780884483250
ISBN-10: 0884483258
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Publication Date: October 15th, 2009
Pages: 240
Language: English