The Great American Tradition
In Wildlands Philanthropy, writer Tom Butler and landscape photographer Antonio Vizcaíno take readers on a visually spectacular tour of natural landmarks permanently protected by American conservationists. From Muir Woods National Monument to Acadia National Park, from beloved icons to obscure natural areas, the forty parks, refuges, and sanctuaries featured in the book represent the incredible diversity of wildlife habitats that have been saved through private initiative during the past century. With more than 350 pages, 170 color photographs, and a large-format design with exquisite production values, Wildlands Philanthropy tells inspiring stories of people who saved extraordinary places. The amazing people who invested their passion and wealth to secure these scenic treasures come from every walk of life and every corner of the country, suggesting that everyone—regardless of means—can join this great American tradition of individual action on behalf of wild nature.
The Foundation for Deep Ecology conceived and distributed Wildlands Philanthropy to help stimulate additional conservation giving. FDE granted thousands of copies to land trusts around North America; sponsored a symposium, the Wildlands Philanthropy Forum, in partnership with the National Park Foundation, and a book-launch event at New York's Museum of Natural History. The foundation continues to grant copies of the book to land trusts and sponsor author Tom Butler to speak at events for nonprofit conservation groups.
The deluxe edition of Wildlands Philanthropy received various honors including a Benjamin Franklin Award for best coffee table book and Nautilus Book Awards grand prize.
Contributors: Essays by Tom Butler, photography by Antonio Vizcaíno, and a foreword by Tom Brokaw.
Deluxe hardcover edition copublished with Earth Aware Editions, fall 2008. First paperback edition published March, 2010.
For more information visit www.wildlandsphilanthropy.org