Pinhook Swamp acts as a vital watershed and wildlife corridor, a link between the great southern wildernesses of Okefenokee Swamp and Osceola National Forest. Together Okefenokee, Osceola, and Pinhook form one of the largest expanse of protected wild land east of the Mississippi River. This is one of America's last truly wild places, and Pinhook takes us into its heart.
Ray comes to know Pinhook intimately as she joins the fight to protect it, spending the night in the swamp, tasting honey made from its flowers, tracking wildlife, and talking to others about their relationship with the swamp. Ray sees Pinhook through the eyes of the people who live there--naturalists, beekeepers, homesteaders, hunters, and locals at the country store. In lyrical, down-home prose, she draws together the swamp's need for restoration and the human desire for wholeness and wildness in our own lives and landscapes."
This is such a fine book. Ray looks closely at the smallest things and writes of them like a poet. I highly recommend it.
This lovely book seems to me particularly important just now when, in the name of job creation, we have politicians calling for exploring for oil in the Everglades, dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency, easing the regulations against smog, rolling back years of progress toward a less polluted world . . .
Talk about a fragmented land. Some people think it's laughable to worry about species extinction or air quality or global warming.
Others of us fear that, if the anti-environmentalists have their way. we'll be on the road to a future that looks like this.
I'm deeply afraid of the direction things are going. The mindset that decides to deal with global warming by denying it . . . while turning up the air conditioner, thus adding to the problem, is all too common.
But I'm preaching to the choir, I expect.
Meanwhile, I'll be looking for more of Janisse Ray's books.