Synopses & Reviews
In The Columbia, author and photographer Tim Palmer celebrates the beauty and natural resources of this grand region and shows why this watershed is so important to everyone who lives in or cares about the Northwest and the Northern Rockies. Focusing on the basin not as a collection of isolated parts but as an interconnected natural system, the text provides a detailed picture of what is wrong and what needs to be changed if this remarkable place is to survive. Until recently powerful industries and other commercial interests have been the predominant forces guiding the region's destiny, often to self-serving ends and with disastrous results for the environment. In an area so large and complex, problems can seem overwhelming and the search for resolutions futile. Palmer offers hope, focusing on three critical areas of concern - land development, salmon, and forests - he defines the issues and demonstrates that responsible politics can redirect our society's course toward a sustainable future.
"The Columbia is both a beautiful collection of photographs and a distinct call for more balance in how we manage the river. In a clear, well organized book, Palmer introduces us to the real Columbia we thought we knew." NW Energy Coalition
"A journey down the mighty Colombia from the dreams of early explorers to current day reality with an insightful vision for her future. A great read for activists and armchair explorers alike." Peter DeFazio, U.S. Representative, Oregon
"This book is an intriguing joyrney along the Columba River. It describes in remarkable detail the conflict of cultures & civilizations as humans evolve as a single society." Ted Strong, Executive Director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
"Palmer leads us through corporate schemes and political giveaways; he demonstrates immense insight into the Columbia River's past and futute." Merritt E. Tuttle, retired National Marine Fisheries Service Biologist
"No one enumerates causes and names better than Tim Palmer...he goes a critical step further, insisting that we will only cure the river's ills when we treat the Columbia Basin as more than the sum of its income streams; when we treat it, instead, as the single ecosystem it is from its headwaters in Canada to its discharge into the Pacific Ocean." Angus Duncan, President and Senior Fellow, Columbia/Pacific Institute, Portland State University, and Chairman, Northwest Power Planning Council
Includes bibliographical references (p. 134-140) and index.
Winner of 1998 National Outdoor Book Awards : Nature and the Environment Category
About the Author
During his 20-year writing career, Palmer produced twelve books on river conservation, the Colombia River basin, the Snake River, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and the geography of American Rivers. Palmer is a Pennsylvania native and lives in Beaver with his wife Ann Vileisis, a historian and author of
Discovering the Unknown Landscape: A History of American Wetlands