Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The National Parks: Our American Landscape

Product Description
America's national parks and historical sites embody the American spirit. They are windows to our past, homes to some of our rarest plants and animal species, and places where every American can go to find inspiration, peace, and open space. From the iron rails of Steamtown, Pennsylvania to the wilds of Yellowstone, America’s natural parks preserve our culture in as much as they shield our natural world from our own encroachment.

The National Parks: Our American Landscape presents a wonderfully updated photographic survey of one of America’s greatest national treasures. Seen through the eyes of the National Parks Conservation Association’s photographer Ian Shive, America’s National Park System come to life through a collection of more than 200 new photographs. Shive's stunning work demonstrates the diversity and awe inspiring beauty of the American wild lands covering the major United States parks from the warm waters of Biscayne, Florida to icy summit of Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska.
About the Author
Ian Shive is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and at the age of 30, one of the youngest professional member photographers in the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). A former marketing executive at Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures, Shive has now dedicated himself to his work with leading non-profits like The Nature Conservancy and the NPCA. Shive is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography & Imagine magazine, the world’s largest photography publication, and is the co-founder of Aurora Novus, which specializes in bringing journalists' stories into that filmmaking world via new media films for the web. Shive’s work has appeared in TIME, U.S. News & World Report, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Outside Magazine, National Geographic, Popular Science, and Monde de la Photographie.

Tom Kiernan joined NPCA as president in January 1998 for what has become his dream job: Heading up an independent organization that defends and protects America’s national parks. Previously, Tom served as president of the Audubon Society of New Hampshire. He was a senior-level official in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation, where he won the Gold Medal for his role in achieving consensus with businesses and environmentalists on a pollution-control project at Grand Canyon National Park. He has also held positions with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Arthur Andersen & Company.

Tom is the co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center in Colorado, and as an avid kayaker has tested the white waters throughout the United States and Africa, achieving top-ten ranking in the U.S. in slalom kayaking.