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Published in 2014 by Sweetwater Visions, and already in its second printing, Discovering the Penokees, by Joel Austin, introduces readers to one of North America’s least known wild treasures, the Penokee Hills of northern Wisconsin. With over 100 stunning images, photographer/author Joel Austin details the beauty of the Penokees--both intimate and grand, accessible and remote, rugged and extremely fragile.
But Austin does more than show readers the beauty of the Penokees; he also sheds light on the very real threat to the area from a proposed open-pit taconite mine--one of the largest of its kind in the world. If this highly disruptive form of mining is allowed to go forward, Austin argues, more than just natural beauty will be destroyed.
Discovering the Penokees includes essays and other information on the economic, public health, and environmental impact of open-pit mining on local communities including the Bad River Reservation, and on the watershed's rivers, forests, and associated wetlands (designated a “Wetland of International Importance” by the Ramsar Convention). The book also includes a map of the region and other references.
A great tool to learn more about this area and proposed mine issue and to cultivate constructive conversation. Consider purchasing a book for yourself, as a gift, or to donate to a library.
The 2014 Penokee Hills Calendar was the first Penokee calendar, selling out its first printing in less than two weeks' time. The second printing sold out quickly as well, thanks to the support of the many dedicated individuals and groups who love the Penokees and want to protect them. In early 2014, we were able to donate over $1,000 from calendar sales to the Bad River Legal Defense Fund to help protect this special ecosystem. Thanks to all who made this possible!
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