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Elk River Books presents Voices of Yellowstone's Capstone: A Narrative Atlas of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wildernesss edited by Jesse Logan and Traute Parrie
November 21, 2019
Elk River Books will host a launch party and reading for the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
Foundation’s new book, Voices of Yellowstone's Capstone: A Narrative Atlas of the Absaroka-
Beartooth Wilderness, on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.
Voices “is an exploration of the cultural and natural resources of this arresting landscape, through
28 engaging essays paired with richly illustrated maps. Though this is an atlas complete with
maps, it is not a guidebook. Instead, in the way wilderness users explore physical trails on the
landscape, readers are invited to explore the intellectual trails … [coming] away understanding
not only the importance of designated wilderness and public lands, but the interconnectedness of
humans and wild places over time.”
Editors Traute Parrie and Jesse Logan are both long-time veterans of the Forest Service. Logan, a
former college professor, is a recognized authority on Greater Yellowstone’s whitebark pine
forests, and currently works for Yellowstone Forever as an instructor and backcountry guide.
They will be joined in their presentation by other contributors to the atlas, to be announced.
Author Rick Bass says of the book, “We understand intellectually that landscape shapes
individuals, populations, culture. But here is the artistic response [to] that scientific reality. … To
identify this landscape as one of the foundational underpinnings of a democracy gone
terrifyingly atilt is not to put too fine a point on it.”
The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation is a nonprofit group devoted to supporting
stewardship of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness through “‘boots-on-the-ground’ experiences
— like volunteer trail maintenance projects, citizen/science activities, and educational outreach
— that bring everyday citizens more closely in touch with this treasured wilderness.”
The free event begins at 7 p.m. upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. in Livingston, and
will be followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, call 333-2330.