A Journey Through the Maxwelton Watershed: A Natural and Social History
About A Journey Through the Maxwelton Watershed
In the Pacific Northwest a watershed that is still home to returning salmon is a treasure to be respected. The Maxwelton Valley on the southern end of Whidbey Island (20 miles north of Seattle, WA) is such a watershed. Its history and environmental issues stand as a template for understanding similar watersheds and their issues throughout the Cascadia bio-region.
Funded by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology, this book details the histories of fourth and fifth-generation farmers, explains complex land use laws, and explores the biological/geological backdrop of the valley. Fully illustrated with black and white photos, the book stands as a fine example of the phrase, "Think globally, act locally." Ann Linnea worked with a local educational non-profit organization (Whidbey Watershed Stewards, formerly Maxwelton Salmon Adventure) to author this book. She gently captured interviews from a generation of pioneer elders who remember the island as it used to be and speak the universal wisdom of rural America in the first half of the 20th century.
Download and read an excerpt from A Journey Through the Maxwelton Watershed
About the Author, Ann Linnea
Ann Linnea began her writing career in Utah, authoring hiking and skiing guides as a U.S. Forest Service naturalist. Ann co-authored the award-winning Teaching Kids to Love the Earth (University of Minnesota Press, 1991). Her memoir, Deep Water Passage, a Spiritual Journey at Mid-Life, (Pocketbook, 1997) chronicles her journey as the first woman to circumnavigate Lake Superior by sea kayak. In 2002 Ann wrote A Journey through the Maxwelton Watershed, (Washington State, Water Quality Grant, 2002). In 2010 she co-authored The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair (Berrett-Koehler) with Christina Baldwin. Also out in 2010 is Ann's book, Keepers of the Trees—A Guide to Re-Greening North America (Skyhorse Publishing).
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Related Classes and Workshops
Wilderness quests and rites of passage led by Ann Linnea offer an immersion into the natural world with the support of community and time for solitude—a powerful way to take the next step in your life:
Visit her Wilderness Quests page to learn more.
In addition to Ann's quests and seminars in wilderness settings, PeerSpirit offers specifically designed nature-based experiences for organizations that integrate the wisdom of the wild world. Ann is also available for illustrated lectures and workshops based on the journey of her book Keepers of the Trees. Contact her for more information.