The Idaho Library Association awarded Idaho Wilderness Considered, a 200-page anthology of essays, photos, and other reflections in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the establishment of new wilderness areas in Idaho in 2015 with the ILA’s award for “Idaho Book of the Year.” Published by the Idaho Humanities Council in the fall of 2016, the book features contributions by 26 Idahoans, including an interview with the late Governor Cecil Andrus on his life in conservation, an essay by U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson on Boulder-White Clouds legislation, and more.
Edited by IHC Board Members Murray Feldman, a Boise environmental attorney, and Jenny Emery Davidson, Director of the Community Library in Ketchum, Idaho Wilderness Considered, explores how and why wilderness areas matter to the very character of the state. Idaho Wilderness Considered charts the conversations, political negotiations, and personal journeys that have influenced—and been influenced by—Idaho’s wild places.
The book is the capstone of a popular Idaho Humanities Council reading and conversation series on the history and meaning of wilderness, hosted in libraries and other venues throughout the state in 2014 and 2015. The contributions to the anthology by conservation advocates, scholars, hikers, journalists, photographers, and others, explore the history, policy, law, literature, art, and science of Idaho wilderness, evoking the story of the land itself.
Idaho Conservation League Director Rick Johnson and Idaho Wilderness Society Regional Director Craig Gehrke reflect on their vocation to conservation advocacy, novelist Judith Freeman tells a story of living with bears in Salmon River country, journalist Rocky Barker reflects on wilderness and wildness, writers and hikers Bill Johnson of Lewiston and Mike Medberry and Nicole Lefavour of Boise reveal their love of being in the wild, journalist Mark Trahant remembers fishing with his family on the Yankee Fork of the Salmon, academic scholars Lisa Brady, John Freemuth, Rochelle Johnson, Scott Slovic, Alan Marshall, and Adam Sowards explore the history and future of wilderness, Sawtooth National Recreation Area backcountry manager Ed Cannady supplies a well of Boulder-White Clouds photos, and more.
“Idaho Wilderness Considered certainly fits the ILA award criteria,” said Kathryn Poulter, Youth Services Director of Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library and Chair of the award selection committee for books published in 2016. “The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor one book, selected from among all the books published in any one calendar year that has made an outstanding contribution to the body of printed materials about Idaho, either through the work’s setting or the locality of the author. The Award is intended to encourage excellence in writing and high standards of accuracy and readability in those books.”
Idaho Wilderness Considered is available for $15 (plus 6% Idaho sales tax and $4 Media Mail shipping) by clicking the link below or by calling (208) 345-5346. It also is available at Boise’s Rediscovered Books, Pocatello’s Walrus & Carpenter, Ketchum’s Chapter One, Moscow’s BookPeople, Coeur d’Alene’s Well-Read Moose, and other bookstores.
If you are tax exempt, please provide your tax exempt number with your name and shipping address. The book is paperback, 225 pages and ISBN# 978-0-97881-61-0.