Further Reading

John Muir, Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States.

In 1879, John Muir described  the wilderness area now known as the Tongass National Forest.  Muir said,  “The upper half of the fjord is shut in by sublime Yosemite cliffs, nobly sculptured, and adorned with waterfalls, fringes of trees, and patches of flowers but amid so crowded a display of novel beauty it was not easy to concentrate the attention long enough on any portion of it without giving more days and years than our lives could afford….Gliding on and on, the scenery seemed at every turn to become more lavishly fruitful in forms, as well as more sublime in dimensions – snowy falls booming in splendid dress; colossal domes and battlements and sculptured arches of a fine neutral-gray tint, their bases laved by the blue fjord water…””

Travels in Alaska, John Muir, Mrs. Marion Randall Parsons

Climate Change in Alaska, U.S. Forest Service

The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960, Douglas Brinkley

An iceberg in Holkham Bay. (Photo/Julie Denesha)

An iceberg in Holkham Bay.


Useful Links 

“Voices of the Wilderness” Artist-in-Residence Program

Barbara Lydon, “Voices of the Wilderness” Program Coordinator:

Voices of the Wilderness program expands to include 7 areas, Juneau Empire

The Tongass National Forest

U.S. Forest Service, USDA

Trout Unlimited

Planning a Visit

 Map of Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

Things to Consider When Planning a Trip to Any Wilderness

Leave No Trace

Moon Travel Guides, Tongass National Forest

More on Lichen 

Lichens of the National Forests in Alaska

Monitoring air quality in the Southeast Alaska

Lichen, Wikipedia

The Tongass National Forest in the News

Forest Rules, The New York Times

Restrictions on Logging Are Restored, The New York Times

The Truth about the Tongass, National Geographic Magazine

Tongass National Forest: A Hundred Yosemites, National Geographic Adventure Magazine

Tongass National Forest, Audubon, Alaska

Exploring Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, Field and Stream 

Alaska’s Tongass Forest, Travel and Leisure Magazine

Small Visitor to a Giant Land, Natural Resources Defense Council 

Alaska’s Tongass National Forest: Finding Common Ground, The Wilderness Society 

The Arctic in the News

Arctic Ocean freshwater bulge detected, BBC

Will climate change unleash geological mayhem?, The Guardian

Is Silence Going Extinct?, The New York Times

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