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An Interview with Terry Tempest Williams
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Equal parts memoir, natural history and ecology manifesto, Terry Tempest Williams' book The Hour of Land honors the centennial our national parks by exploring why the protected, wild lands matter to the soul of America. In this interview, the ever-gracious Williams describes her favorite national park and defines the elusive “hour of land” for the nation.
    Longitude. At the beginning of 
Twin Lakes, Alaska
coverKindly contributed by author and photographer Carl Johnson. In his new book Where Water is Gold, Johnson brings to light the struggle between developers and ecologists in southwest Alaska's Bristol Bay. A key habitat for millions of seabirds, salmon, otters, seals, walruses and endangered whale species, Bristol Bay also contains fine particles of precious metals (gold, copper and molybdenum) that industrialists wish to extract.
  When hiking 2,500 feet up the side of a mountain, the view often consists of just the details in the tundra below, from the vibrant pink blooms of moss campion to the bristly, crunchy details of caribou lichen.
The Hour of Land
USA592America’s national parks—celebrating a centennial anniversary this August—draw over 300 million visitors a year. “What are we searching for,” Terry Tempest Williams wonders at the beginning of her new collection of essays The Hour of Land, “and what do we find?” Williams counts herself among those millions of travelers as she explores her relationship to twelve national parks and monuments across the United States, from Effigy Mounds in Iowa to Gates of the Arctic.