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In a spectacular collection of 128 nature and wildlife photographs taken throughout the seasons, the authors of this book have captured with brilliance and clarity scenes of the Chicago area that will awe you with their beauty.
Bill Kurtis describes in his foreword how the group Chicago Wilderness, which is dedicated to the revival of native habitat, was formed. Chicago Wilderness is a network task force of organizations, including the Chicago Botanic Garden, dedicated to restoration and a new philosophy of stewardship that values our native species. Photographs in this tome act as our guide to some 200,000 acres of protected land in a 55-mile radius of downtown Chicago. This land, under the aegis of Chicago Wilderness, ranges from Illinois Beach State Park to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park.
With its elegant, oversized, coffee-table book format, this is a volume you will return to repeatedly.
— Adele Kleine, Volunteer, Library, Chicago Botanic Garden, and contributing writer to Chicagoland Gardening magazine