Book-In-Focus: A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters by Amy and Dave Free
Since its establishment as a federally protected wilderness in 1964, the Boundary Waters has become one of our nation’s most valuable―and most frequently visited―natural treasures. When Amy and Dave Freeman learned of toxic mining proposed within this area’s watershed, they decided to take action―by spending a year in the wilderness, and sharing their experience through video, photos, and blogs with an audience of hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens. This book tells the deeper story of their adventure in northern Minnesota: of loons whistling under a moonrise, of ice booming as it forms and cracks, of a moose and her calf swimming across a misty lake.
Reviews and What Readers Say
“Gorgeous . . . [the Freemans’] words are complemented by an outstanding selection of photographs that immerse the reader in the watery landscape, making an indelible impact.”
— Canoe & Kayak
"The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is among our nation’s great natural treasures. It is also fragile, and increasingly threatened by the prospect of sulfide-ore copper mining. At this moment in our history, when calls are growing to privatize public lands and weaken national parks, adventurers Amy and Dave Freeman spent a year in the Boundary Waters, experiencing its singular beauty and advocating for its preservation. In this extraordinary book, they have done us all an invaluable service, offering a wonderfully compelling testimony for the value of wild places and the creatures who inhabit them. I urge you to read it, and then to join the Freemans' in advocating for the preservation of the Boundary Waters.”
— Vice President Walter Mondale
“Here’s the story of a great adventure in one of the planet’s most gorgeous wildernesses―and with high stakes at risk in a fight to stave off a truly gross assault on its integrity. So many reasons to read this book!”
— Bill McKibben, author of Wandering Home
“In this book Amy and Dave Freeman share their adventure of spending a full year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to bring attention to the risks of toxic sulfide-ore copper mining to this pristine wilderness. For those who have experienced the joys of the Boundary Waters, it brings back memories of familiar places and familiar feelings and sensations. For those who have not had the opportunity, it is a nice introduction to this magical part of the world. The book includes numerous illustrations to complement and enhance the text. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys the beauty of nature; and, particularly, to those who would like to protect a pristine wilderness area from the threat posed by sulfide-ore copper mining.”
— Canoe Traveler, Amazon Client, Verified Purchase
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Amy and Dave Freeman’s expeditions have taken them over thirty thousand miles by canoe, kayak, and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. National Geographic named Amy and Dave Adventurers of the Year in 2014 and their images, videos, and articles have been published by a wide range of media sources from the CBC, NBC, and FOX to the Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, Outside, Backpacker, Canoe and Kayak, and Minnesota Public Radio.