Salmon in the Trees & the rich cycle of life

salmon in the treesamy gulick

One of the rarest ecosystems on earth, the Tongass rain forest fringes the coastal panhandle of Alaska. Humpback whales, orcas, and sea lions cruise the forested shorelines. Wild salmon swim upstream, feeding some of the world’s highest densities of grizzlies, black bears, and bald eagles.

Photographer Amy Gulick’s Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska’s Tongass Rain Forest explores the entire ecosystem that makes up Tongass National Forest — its habitat, wildlife, and people.

Along with Amy Gulick’s award-winning photographs, this extremely thoughtful book features essays from an impressive cast of writers and conservationists: Douglas Chadwick, Brad Matsen, Richard Nelson, Carl Safina, John Straley, among others. The easy collaborative feel of this book sets it apart, and serves the Tongass region well.

aerialamy's totem

That the Tongass is among the planet’s loveliest settings as well as one of its outstanding biological hot spots is no accident. The dramatic ice-cut topography and beckoning marine passageways both drive dynamic processes that yield life in profusion. Beyond that, the landscapes and seascapes interact in ways that multiply each other’s vitality. The result? A superecosystem.” — Douglas Chadwick

And joining Amy Gulick, to make this book so visually stunning, is the artwork of an old favorite of the Land Library — Ray Troll:

ray troll deep forest
Deep Forest by Ray Troll (from Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska’s Tongass Rain Forest)

For more on Ray Troll, you can revisit an earlier Land Library post:

The Perfect Blend of Pancakes and Paleontology


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