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Valerie Wigglesworth & Ralph Swain on Wilderness

Valerie Wigglesworth is a journalist for the Dallas Morning News, and a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Ralph Swain is regional wilderness program manager for the Rocky Mountain region of the Forest Service, overseeing 46 wilderness areas in five states.

Together, Wigglesworth and Swain created the Wilderness Ranger Cookbook, a collection of over 100 backcountry recipes from wilderness rangers working at the Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Recently reissued, the book celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Today, the National Wilderness Preservation System protects 758 wilderness areas totaling nearly 110 million acres. All proceeds from the Wilderness Ranger Cookbook benefit the Society for Wilderness Stewardship, a nonprofit organization.

You can win this book! See details below.

Wiggleworth and Swain offer their favorite books on wilderness:

A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There
by Aldo Leopold

It is the classic, fundamental piece of work dedicated to the land ethic for all to follow and to pass to future generations. Leopold’s masterpiece will be read for decades to come.




The Enduring Wilderness: Protecting Our Natural Heritage through the Wilderness Act
by Doug Scott

It is the best concise history of the wilderness movement and the language of the Wilderness Act of 1964.




The Wilderness Writings of Howard Zahniser
edited by Mark Harvey

This new book is a collection of Zanny’s early writings about wilderness and his personal struggles to bring awareness to the American people and Congress for the need for wilderness. It offers outstanding insight into the wilderness movement and the essence of the vision for Wilderness Forever.


Let's celebrate 50 years of wilderness!

Win a copy of the Wilderness Ranger Cookbook.

To enter the drawing, simply click on "Post a Comment" and add your name and contact info by November 1, 2014. A name will be randomly chosen and a winner notified by email.

If you like, share with us your favorite wilderness, or a good book on wilderness.

Reader Comments (4)

Long Live the wild things!

October 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Hi Nancy!
Nice to have you here. Thanks for taking part in the giveaway!

October 23, 2014 | Registered CommenterDrew Myron

These look great! I will look for them at my local bookstore.

October 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterannie

Hello Annie. Yes, these books are great "classics" in the genre. Check bookstores, and libraries too.
Thanks for stopping in.

October 26, 2014 | Registered CommenterDrew Myron

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