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The Last Wilderness: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Paperback – September 7, 2001

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About the Author

An adventure-naturalist, Kennan Ward photographs and writes about wilderness and wildlife. He has dedicated his life to capturing rare forms of nature on film. Whether it be an endangered rhinoceros, a once-in-a-lifetime glance from a grizzly cub, a threatened elephant, or a split-second lightning strike, Kennan continues to explore remote regions of the world to bring back messages of uncommon beauty. With him in the field is his wife, Karen. Since 1986, Karen has significantly contributed to the imagery as a photographer in her own right, as well as assisting the research and business management of their successful publishing company Wildlight Press, Inc.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Wildlight Press; First Edition edition (September 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930700032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930700031
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 12.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,846,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kennan Ward's book contains stunning photographs of the land, plants, and animals of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Mr. Ward writes from his personal experiences as a photographer and naturalist. Kennan published this book to help keep this pristine wilderness area a place of incredible beauty and wildlife diversity. His book makes a strong visual argument for the case of preserving this wildlife area from oil drilling. He does this by showing photographs of the significant environmental impact of oil companies in Alaska. I hope this book will not be a reminder of what the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was like, but instead, what it will continue to be for future generations of people and wildlife that come to this "last wilderness." I would highly recommend this book to any person who would like to learn more about the wildlife and environmental issues pertaining to the Refuge.
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As a 25-year Alaskan resident, I can say that publication of Kennan Ward's spectacular picture-format book "The Last Wilderness: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge" could not be more timely. As stated at the beginning of the book by contributing sponsor Yvon Chounard, Patagonia: "Boosters of Arctic drilling have proposed a shady deal with the American public. We're asked to allow industry to drill for oil in the last pristine wild place in the United States and in exchange they'll sell us that oil at great profit to themselves." While the same boosters describe the Arctic Refuge as a "desolate wasteland" the photographs in Ward's book prove just the opposite. Dramatic photos of healthy wildlife populations in the Arctic Refuge are contrasted with the industrial sprawl in the nearby Prudhoe Bay area to the west. In the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks -- although drilling boosters are sensing a new opportunity -- nothing has really changed. False and wreckless suggestions are now being made by some that development of the Arctic Refuge would help solve the terrorist threat while they try to hide the truth that the amount of oil to be recovered would amount to only about 6 months worth of oil while just minimal increases in automobile fuel efficiency would "produce" many times the equivalent amount of oil. As someone who has been fortunate to visit the Arctic Refuge, I can say that "The Last Wilderness" does an excellent job of showing readers the caribou, grizzlies, polar bears, wolves, arctic fox, musk oxen, migratory birds and other wilderness values that would be sacrificed to industrial oil development if the boosters have their way.Read more ›
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So many Americans know so little about this great gift our forefathers have given us - The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The fact remains that this coastal plain supports the highest density of mammals and birds in the arctic. Kennan Ward's book brilliantly helps us understand what's at stake here. The photographs alone are priceless! We believe that it would be a sin to rob future generations of the opportunity to understand this virgin land. Anyone who cares about America's heritage should take time to read this masterwork and understand what's at stake.
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