Nature and Renewal : Wild River Valley and Beyond

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: Tilbury House Pub
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Many of us have taken the wonderful Evans Notch Road along the Maine-New Hampshire order from Gilead, Maine, through the White Mountain national Forest to Fryeburg, Maine without thinking about how different the land might have been in years past. It's now a place of beauty, with Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness on the Maine side of the road, and Wild River Wilderness in New Hampshire on the other. This is the story of Wild River Valley, a magnificent wilderness in a relatively unknown valley, circumscribed by high, steep mountains. It is also the story of the valley's rogue river, Wild River; of a raging wildfire and the disappearance of an entire village community; of both land abuse and land stewardship; of ecological disaster and renewal; of nature's vulnerability and resiliency; and of people who experienced tragedy and good fortune. Amazingly, through the centuries a single mighty hemlock tree survived to be a living witness to it all.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Before the Fire
Magnificent Wildnessp. 3
Human Presencep. 21
Cutting Lifelinesp. 43
After the Fire
Trauma Withinp. 77
Nature's Renewalp. 91
Different Viewp. 109
Fire in the Heart
Wilderness Visionp. 127
Bold Ideap. 139
Unexpected Witnessp. 153
Epiloguep. 164
Afterword: The Glow Beyond the Valley's Rimp. 167
Time Line for Wild River Valleyp. 187
1975 Eastern Wilderness Area Designationsp. 193
Notesp. 194
Indexp. 216
About the Authorp. 222
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