Far from the beaten path for many Americans, our northern Rocky Mountains feature two popular national parks, fertile ranch land, and some of the most unspoiled and intact landscapes in North America. This so-called Crown of the Continent is also the largest wildlife corridor in the Lower 48 and remains undivided by highways and cities. Photographer Steven Gnam's sumptous and striking photos reveal the region in all its moods, bringing the rugged and lush landscapes, the big megafauna and small critters, the popular recreation and personal lives up close in vivid detail. His images will inspire pride in Crown residents and encourage visitors to dig deeper to create greater public awareness for this American treasure.
Complementing Gnam's remarkable images is an essay by award-winning writer Douglas Chadwick, who explores the Crown's biodiversity, from wolverines and grizzly bears to marmots and stoneflies. Chadwick's essay shows that connecting key wildlands is not only critical, but achievable through community collaboration. Michael Jamison describes recent conservation successes to preserve the way of life in the Crown, while Karsten Heuer's epilogue encourages continued work to keep the region intact. Their message is hopeful conservation groups, local governments, and native tribes in the Crown have begun to make wildlife a priority when considering new development.
The Crown of the Continent is also a rare example of international cooperation to preserve a wild landscape. In 1932, Glacier National Park and Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park were joined together as Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The transboundary nature of the Crown of the Continent is one of the region's greatest assets, and both the United States and Canada are represented in the photos and essays of The Wildest Rockies.
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Steven Gnam has been photographing wildlife, landscapes, and people in adventures across the western Unites States and Canada for the past 12 years. Most of his work focuses on celebrating and protecting the wild lands of the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest. His photographs have been used by conservation organizations across the West, including The Nature Conservancy, National Parks Conservation Association, and the Montana Wilderness Association.Review:
"Gnam's perspective goes deeper than the scenic wildlife portraiture of a coffee-table book - it serves to remind us why the Crown of the Continent is so special." - Flathead Beacon
" 'Crown of the Continent' explores the wildest part of the Rockies, where these spectacular mountains truly come to life, through the lens of Steven Gnam and the thoughtful essays of writers who live and work in the region and deeply care about the Crown and its future." - Seattle Times
"The Crown of the Continent just got a new jewel." - The Missoulian
'...so we cross those international borders, and look at the unspoiled and intact landscapes...It's a beautiful coffee table book, with wonderful photographs to help celebrate' -Montana Public Radio
"This is no simple coffee table eye bliss; it is a remarkable visual banquet and an intellectual stimulus. It truly sets a whole new standard for the genre and addresses the region's ecological foundation as successfully and intimately as it opens the visual splendor of the Crown." - Dr. William Conway, leading scientist and senior conservationist, Wildlife Conservation Society
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