America's Wildest Places

Written By: Jim Kurth, Ian Shive
From the rugged reaches of Alaska to the vibrant coral reefs of the Palmyra Atoll, the National Wildlife Refuge System is dedicated to the preservation of America’s wildlife species and the places they call home. With more than 560 refuges and five marine national monuments, this is a system unrivaled in its diversity and value to the planet. The National Wildlife Refuge System covers 150 million acres across the United States, providing a safe haven for thousands of species, many of which are endangered. As a result, the refuge system is an essential force in protecting the splendor of America’s natural beauty from development and human habitation and ensuring that it persists for future generations.

Refuge features the photography of Ian Shive, recipient of the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, who partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to capture the beauty of these protected areas. Including essays from leading conservationists and environmental leaders, Refuge offers a breathtaking look at these remote and, in many cases, inaccessible areas.

Featuring hundreds of stunning images, Refuge represents the greatest of America’s landscapes and wildlife, from the windswept outposts of the Aleutian Islands to the majestic prairies of Colorado, where buffalo roam wild. Refuge also provides useful resources, including a nationwide map of every location, including those open to visitors. As our world changes, these wild icons of America must persevere; this book gives us a clear view of what we stand to lose and why there is hope for the future.
Format: Hardbound
Publication Date: 10/27/2020
ISBN: 9781647221447
Pages: 246
Skill Level: Easy
Trim Size: 12 x 11 x 1.1000000000000001

  • About the Author 
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Ian Shive, Photographer: Ian Shive is an award-winning conservation photographer, author, educator, film producer, and environmental advocate as well as a recipient of the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography. Shive’s images have appeared in hundreds of publications, including National Geographic, Outside, Backpacker, Nature Conservancy, Smithsonian, and more.
“The book, a coffee table-like hardback with otherworldly photography, is visually arresting but also an educator about the wildest system in the country.”

“…astonishing artwork exposing the undercover beauty of the nation’s hidden natural wonders that will move readers far beyond their familiarity with the Redwood forests or Half Dome Yosemite...promises to leave viewers gasping at every page.”–The Federalist 
“The National Parks get all the love, but if you really want to commune with nature and not a stampede of RVs, try a National Wildlife Refuge.”
 –The Wall Street Journal 

“His photographs of the islands are transporting, as are so many of his images of our refuges and the wildlife that make their home within them.” 
–Earth Island Journal

“Among other adventures, the book captures the extraordinary marine life in the Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument… readers will be inspired to put on not just their hiking boots but their snorkel fins, too!”
–Marine Conservation Institute