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A stunning visual story of a place of wonder and mystique for every American, this book features what is legendary and beloved about Alaska, a land of magnificent wilderness and beauty, virtually untouched by human ambition. It also focuses on the key point of interest in the state today: endangered Bristol Bay, which faces potential mining of the world's greatest deposits of copper and gold. Its pristine waters are the worlds' biggest salmon spawning grounds. If the gold is mined, the ecosystem is destroyed —but the impoverished locals have work for the next half-century. After that, the salmon and the mines are gone. Photographer Michael Melford, paired with noted environmental storyteller David Atcheson, addresses the dilemma by bowling us over with the beauty and importance of the place for all time. Underwritten by the Renewable Resources Coalition.


  • Hardcover
  • 160 pages; 75 color photographs
  • 10" x 7"
  • © 2011

Author Info

Dave Atcheson has lived on the Kenai Peninsula since 1985. He has worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and has written for Alaska Magazine, Fly Fishing Quarterly, Outdoor Life, and other publications. He lives in Sterling, Alaska.

Michael Melford has photographed for National Geographic magazine, Traveler, and National Geographic books for nearly 3 decades.

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Wild with a Message

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  • Majestic
  • Wildness at its best


    Best Uses

    • Environment concerns
    • Travel planning

    Comments about Hidden Alaska:

    Showing and explaining the wildness and beauty of Alaska, especially Bristol Bay, this book also reminds us that we cannot take this wildness for granted, that it's up to us to protect and preserve such wild lands.

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