Rendezvous with the Wild: The Boreal Forest

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An inspiring tribute to a magnificent ecosystem.

The Boreal Forest is the largest single ecosystem on the North American continent and occupies one third of the total landmass of Canada. It is as important to the planet as is the Amazon rain forest. The Boreal Forest is a living, breathing, pollutant-filtering six-million-square-mile forest covering almost 11 percent of the planet's surface, stretching from Newfoundland to Alaska. The forest absorbs and filters a quarter billion gallons of water each day and contains a large portion of Earth's non-frozen fresh water. After sixty-five million years of evolution, this ecosystem is now threatened by development and pollution.

Rendezvous with the Wild is an impassioned celebration of the Boreal Forest and the rivers that run through it. Fifty-four noteworthy contributors from diverse walks of life provide:

  • Art and photography
  • Essays, stories and anecdotes
  • Songs and poems
  • Journal entries and memoirs.

Some contributors express their longtime love of the land. Others tell of their first truly wild encounter with the vast northern woods. The insight of paddlers and philosophers, artists and firefighters, conservationists and forest industry workers, playwrights and scientists will entertain, inform and persuade readers that this vital wilderness needs our attention and protection now.

Published in conjunction with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's "Boreal Rendezvous" project.

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James Raffan is a well-known canoeist and outdoor educator. He is the author of ten previous books, including Bark, Skin and Cedar, Wildwaters: Canoeing North America's Wilderness Rivers and the Bill Mason biography Fire in the Bones, and has contributed to a dozen other books. His thirty-five major expeditions have taken him by canoe, kayak, bicycle, dog sled, icebreaker, snowshoe and on foot to every part of Canada.

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Gorgeously illustrated book celebrates those adventures and the largest single ecosystem in North America... a fuller sense of what it's like to experience the boreal forest. (Carol Hilton Canadian Geographic)

Collection of fascinating and compelling material. (Wave Length Magazine)

If the boreal forest as a whole had a voice, this glorious book would be it... This book is intended to stir up protective feelings for one of the Earth's last frontiers. (Hanneke Brooymans Edmonton Journal 2004-12-12)

Raffan's done it, and done it beautifully... A beautifully done scrapbook of a trip we might all envy but few will ever be able to do... impressive and memorable. (Linda Turk Thunder Bay Chronicle-Herald)

So deliciously readable... 160 color and 40 black and white images, each one more stunning than the last. (Valerie Hill Kitchener-Waterloo Record 2004-11-20)

This is an inspiring and beautifully illustrated tribute to a vast, magnificent ecosystem. (Globe and Mail 2004-12-04)

One of the most remarkable and beautiful books about Canada's wilderness areas to ever have been created... stunning photographs, sketches and paintings, journal entries, humorous dialogues, and even the words and music for a song. (Jodi Delong Halifax Herald 2005-02-20)

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