Salmon in the Trees tells the remarkable story of the Tongass
rain forest, where trees grow salmon, and salmon grow trees. Fringing
the coastal panhandle of Alaska and covering thousands of islands in the
Alexander Archipelago, the Tongass is one of the rarest ecosystems on
Earth. Humpback whales, orcas, and sea lions cruise the forested shorelines.
Millions of wild salmon swim upstream into the forest, feeding an abundance
of bears and bald eagles. Native cultures and local communities benefit
from the gifts of both the forest and sea.
But the global demands of our modern world may threaten this great
forestís biological riches. With camera and rain gear in hand, photographer
Amy Gulick paddled and trekked among the bears, misty islands, and salmon
streams to document the intricate connections within the Tongass. Along the
way, she met bush pilots, fishermen, guides, and artists. Together with
essays from noted authors, as well as salmon-spawned illustrations by
Alaskan artist Ray Troll, Gulick portrays a hopeful story of a national
treasure worth preserving.
Featuring essays and audio from: Carl Safina, Douglas Chadwick,
Brad Matsen, Richard Nelson, John Straley, Ray Troll, John Schoen,
Rosita Worl, and Richard Carstensen.
A great achievement in environmental photography and ecology, this book
dramatically illustrates that not only have we not seen the forest for the trees, we also haven't
understood the salmon, bears, and other interconnected parts
of the natural world that we depend on."
Gary Braasch, author of Secrets of the
Old Growth Forest and Earth Under Fire