An Open Pit Visible from the Moon: The Wilderness Act and the Fight to Protect Miners Ridge and the Public Interest
An Open Pit Visible from the Moon tells the story of this historic struggle led by NCCC to define the contours of the Wilderness Act—its possibilities and limits. Combining rigorous analysis and deft storytelling, Adam M. Sowards re-creates the contest between Kennecott and its shareholders on one hand and activists on the other, intent on maintaining wilderness as a place immune to the calculus of profit. A host of actors cross these pages—from cabinet secretaries and a Supreme Court justice to local doctors and college students—all contributing to a drama that made Miners Ridge a cause célèbre for the nation’s wilderness movement. As locals testified at public hearings and writers penned profiles in the nation’s magazines and newspapers, the volatile political economy of copper proved equally influential in frustrating Kennecott’s plans.
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Wilderness Alps: Conservation and Conflict in Washington’s North Cascades
by Harvey Manning and NCCC
Published by Northwest Wild Books, 2007
480 pages, with maps, historic photos, and beautiful color images by Pat O’Hara, Dave Schiefelbein, Tom Hammond and others.
Introduction by David R. Brower.
Praise for the book
” . . . a splendidly partisan account of citizens’ fight for wilderness in the North Cascades.”
—Estella Leopold, Ph.D., conservationist, professor emeritus of biology a the University of Washington and daughter of Aldo Leopold
“Harvey Manning more than lived the North Cascades, he embodied them. Many neophytes were introduced to the North Cascades by Harvey’s books, and many who thought they knew these mountains well became impressed by the depth of scholarly effort he managed to extract and the story he had to tell.”
–David Fluharty, Ph.D., associate professor of natural resource policy at the University of Washington, board member and past President of NCCC
“This book has so much: the characters, from the First Ones of long ago to the military explorers, the miners and railroad people, the loggers and grazers, the fools and charlatans, the promoters and speculators, the dam builders and ubiquitous Chambers of Commerce, the politicians–all swaggering and posturing across the stage, sometimes with such forceful schemes that one wonders how there is still, now, so much left.”
—Brock Evans, president, Endangered Species Coalition.
“It is lively and thoroughly human in dimension. The power of the book comes from pure passion to protect and preserve a matchless, magnificent fragment of raw nature. . . An invaluable and major contribution to Northwest conservation history.”
–Michael Frome, Ph. D., educator, activist, and author of Battle for the Wilderness, and Heal the Earth, Heal the Soul
Order your copy now from our Amazon.com store!
Or consider JOINING NCCC at the $100 level or above – your donation will qualify you for a FREE copy!
Current members may send a check or money order for $13.94 ($9.95 + 3.99 postage) to:
Wilderness Alps book order
North Cascades Conservation Council
P.O. Box 95980
Seattle, WA 98145-2980
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Stehekin: A Valley in Time
Published by The Mountaineers, 1988 (out of print and increasingly rare)206 pages, new, mint condition
A modern, unsentimental, bittersweet account of a time and place that was – the American past.
Imagine a valley of incomparable natural beauty, accessible only by boat, seaplane, or foot, and protected from the ambiguous benefits of modern civilization by craggy, snow-covered peaks and an alpine like 55 miles long. Then image a small close-knit community of fiercely independent Americans whose economic system was based, not on supply and demand but on “ideas of need, ability and neighborliness.”
This was Stehekin at the end of World War II… a mountain valley located less than 120 miles from downtown Seattle… In the nationwide pause that immediately followed the war, Grant McConnell and his wife – both young, educated and city-bred – settled in the Stehekin Valley for what was to be a winter of catching up…
Stehekin still exists, and it remains inaccessible by road, yet the special pioneering spirit that once set it apart from the outside world is now little more than an elusive whisper in the pines. Stehekin’s story is the story of all Americans in the 20th century… McConnell captured with warmth, thoughtfulness and humor the unique people and quality of life he found in the valley. This is also the story of the valley itself, of a sequestered beauty that, better than most, has survived the ravages of time and progress.
Order your copy now from our Amazon.com store while supplies last! We only have about 10 copies left!
100 Hikes in Washington’s North Cascades National Park Region
By Ira Spring and Harvey Manning
NCCC’s Harvey Manning wrote the hike descriptions in the 100 Hikes series, and this one features his “Fighting Foreword” about his favorite place and ours, the North Cascades, that he titled “The Past (and Future?) of our Trails.” Classic trail descriptions as only Harvey could write them, with sketch maps and beautiful color photos by Ira Spring will inspire you to visit your North Cascades!