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A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters (Paperback)

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Here's a book that manages to combine a good adventure story with stunning photographs while doing the important work of calling attention to the imminent and very real threat of proposed sulfide mining at the edge of northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area. To increase public awareness of the relentless efforts by foreign companies to allow copper-nickel mining in the watershed of the BWCA, the Freemans spent an entire year traveling there by canoe and dog sled. Their book is a labor of love; it invites the reader along on their fantastic adventure, provides context for the environmental issues at stake, and powerfully illuminates the need for preservation and stewardship of natural places. It will be a welcome addition to the libraries of wilderness enthusiasts everywhere.

— Keelin


Since its establishment as a federally protected wilderness in 1964, the Boundary Waters has become one of our nation's most valuable--and most frequently visited--natural treasures. When Amy and Dave Freeman learned of toxic mining proposed within this area's watershed, they decided to take action--by spending a year in the wilderness, and sharing their experience through video, photos, and blogs with an audience of hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens. This book tells the deeper story of their adventure in northern Minnesota: of loons whistling under a moonrise, of ice booming as it forms and cracks, of a moose and her calf swimming across a misty lake.

With the magic--and urgent message--that has rallied an international audience to the campaign to save the Boundary Waters, A Year in the Wilderness is a rousing cry of witness activism, and a stunning tribute to this singularly beautiful region.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781571313713
ISBN-10: 1571313710
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication Date: August 14th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English