August 2016 Book Selection

two in far northAugust’s book selection will take us to the Alaskan wilderness.  For our Monday, August 22nd gathering, we will read Two in the Far North by Margaret Murie.  We will meet at the Ilahee Preserve shelter, from 3:30-5:00. For additional information or questions, contact Jean at jltnatural@saveland.org.

Two in the Far North is an enduring story of life, adventure, and love in Alaska.  Margaret Murie grew up in Fairbanks, was the first woman graduate of the University of Alaska, and married noted biological Olaus J. Murie.  She embraced the remote Alaskan wilderness and became one of its strongest advocates.  She describes several of her trips to that wilderness, including her honeymoon in the mid 1920s. She states her view of the value of wilderness in her detailed descriptions of travelling in Alaska by dogsled, boat, and later airplane.

Margaret Murie and her husband founded The Wilderness Society.  Her work as one of the earliest female voices for the wilderness movement earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.