Big, Wild, and Connected
6 x 9
18 photos, 1 illustration
John paints a vivid picture of the physical challenges of the trek, such as climbing the highest point in South Carolina with a heavily loaded bike and trying to consume the 8,000 calories per day he needed to fuel himself for the journey. As readers adventure with Davis, they will also share his evolving understanding of what it would take to implement an Eastern Wildway.
Eastern wildlife, both seen and unseen, from Florida panthers to North Carolina’s red wolves to the ghosts of cougars farther north, are the real focus of this adventure as John explores how such wildness can coexist with human development in the most populated regions of the United States. The science and conservation of large-scale connectivity are brought to life by his travels—offering unique insights into the challenges and opportunities for creating an Eastern Wildway. This is a must-read for enthusiasts of hiking narratives, as well as professionals and students interested in issues related to large-scale connectivity. Compelling photographs and other graphics complement John’s fascinating story.
Acknowledgments and Dedication
Introduction. Why Protect Wildways: Lessons Confirmed by TrekEast on the Importance of Wildlife Corridors
Chapter 9. Our Wildest Lands Are Not Wild Enough: Adirondack Park and Surrounds
Chapter 10. For Whom the Forest Works: Northern Appalachians and Maine Woods
Chapter 11. Where Salmon Still Spawn: Near-Boreal New Brunswick and Quebec
Chapter 12. Can We Get There From Here? Is an Eastern Wildway Still Possible?
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