Board Member News

Book Release

We are pleased to announce the formal publication of Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks, by William Tweed, Chair Emeritus.

The book published by University of California Press is now available in both hardcover and ebook formats, at UC Press website:, as well as through SNHA bookstores, and Amazon.

In this provocative walking meditation, forest ranger and writer William Tweed takes us to California’s spectacular High Sierra to discover a new vision for our national parks as they approach their 100th anniversary facing dramatic changes. Tweed, who worked among the Sierra Nevada’s big peaks and big trees for more than thirty years, has now hiked more than 200 miles along California’s John Muir Trail in a personal search for answers: How do we address the climate change we are seeing even now—in melting glaciers in Glacier National Park, changing rainy seasons on Mt Rainer, and more fire in the West’s iconic parks. Should we intervene where we can to preserve biodiversity? Should the parks merely become ecosystem museums that exhibit famous landscapes and species? Tweed weaves his experiences along this high-altitude trail together with reflections on the people and ideas that created the parks and on their status and meaning today. Asking how we can make these magnificent parks relevant for the next generation, Tweed’s journey ultimately shows why we must do just that.


Uncertain Path is a must read for wilderness and parks lovers who also know that climate “change must be addressed if we are to be good stewards of our natural heritage. Bill Tweed is leading us down the right trail just in time.” —Carl Pope, Chairman, Sierra Club

Bill Tweed has that rare combination of deep historical knowledge and even deeper passion for the national parks. He displays them both in Uncertain Path, a journey through the High Sierra that looks at the past and potential future of these American treasures. I can’t think of a better trail guide.”—Dayton Duncan, author of The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Bill Tweed’s Uncertain Path is an invitation to the high country of the Sierra Nevada and also public land issues and philosophy. It’s a wise and challenging exercise with a grand broad view.”—Gary Snyder, author of The Practice of the Wild: Essays

Book Release

We are pleased to announce former Foundation board secretary, Laurie Hoyle and Artist in the Back Country, Jeff Jones have published a book:  Arctic Sanctuary: Images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with photography by Jeff Jones, essays by Laurie Hoyle, and an introduction by Michael Engelhard, published by University of Alaska Press.

The book is available for purchase at:

“Guided by photographer Jeff Jones’s sure and well-developed vision, Arctic Sanctuary leads the reader on a remarkable journey that few of us will ever take in real life: a trek deep into Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. By turns celebratory and contemplative, emotionally evocative and beautifully fierce, this collection of lyrical essays and stunning panoramic photographs pays homage to a vast and remote land that remains untamed by technology and relatively undisturbed by human development. A rare window into a world that is whole, ecologically intact, and still driven by ancient evolutionary energies, Arctic Sanctuary invites us to examine our own ideas of the wilderness ethic in the modern world.” – University of Alaska Press


Most of us will never be fortunate enough to visit the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an expanse of federally protected area the size of South Carolina that represents one of the last remaining wilderness areas. Fortunately, there are photographers like Jeff Jones, whose expert eye captures the beauty and majesty of this magnificent landscape through stunning, panoramic images of rocks suspended in river ice, mountains lining the horizon, majestic rivers, close-ups of frosted purple and dark pink flowers and wolverine tracks through willows. By the end of his book, fit for the coffee table of any wilderness warrior, one thing’s for sure — the Arctic refuge is an irreplaceable landscape that’s well worth protecting.–Mother Nature Network, AS one of “10 Must-Read Environmental Books of 2010″

“…a project of monumental scope…”  – AZ Green Magazine

“…an absolute treasure.”- The Tucson Citizen