2008-10-15 / Book Review

The Hudson River Notes Waterway's Importance

The Hudson River: A Great American Treasure, Greg Miller in association with Scenic Hudson. Foreword by Bill McKibben Hardcover; 224 pages, 100 double page color photographs ISBN: 978-0-8478-3152-4 Price: $50 Rizzoli, New York Publication Date: November 2

The Hudson River: A Great American Treasure, Greg Miller in association with Scenic Hudson. Foreword by Bill McKibben Hardcover; 224 pages, 100 double page color photographs ISBN: 978-0-8478-3152-4 Price: $50 Rizzoli, New York Publication Date: November 2008.
T he establishment of the Hudson River School of painting marked America's first domestic art movement, providing city dwellers with a peek at the river and its settings. In the same tradition, the Scenic Hudson organization reintroduces the majesty of the area through the lens of Greg Miller in The Hudson River: A Great American Treasure. The region's most famous locations, including Bear Mountain, Saratoga Springs and New York City, are captured on its pages in vibrant, panoramic color photographs.

Since 1963, Scenic Hudson has been vigilantly dedicated to the preservation of the river and wildlife along its coastline. The end to PCB exposure and restrictions against dumping sewage into the river marked the end of industrialization along the banks of the Hudson. Thanks to the organization, the sight of fishermen casting their lines in hopes of catching prizewinning striped bass, families taking dips in its cool currents during the overwhelming heat of summer and events such as music festivals and farmers' markets are common occurrences in 2008. Not too long ago, the underwater wildlife was almost extinct, but the river is once again home to one of the most diverse species populations in the world.

The turn of the century has introduced other threats to the area's preservation. Real estate developers are poised to obliterate much of the nature and history in the name of economic growth. But Scenic Hudson is steady in its aim to protect critically important mountaintops, marshlands, tributary shorelines, farmland, and areas with breathtaking views. Proceeds from The Hudson River will benefit the organization in their efforts to keep the spectacular landscapes featured in the book from becoming a memory.

Scenic Hudson is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and restoring the Hudson as a public and natural resource. Proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit Scenic Hudson in its efforts. Greg Miller specializes in wide format nature photography. He has photographed for Audubon New York, the Appalachian Mountain Club, Earth River Expeditions, and Hudson Valley magazine. Bill McKibben is an environmentalist and writer who frequently contributes to the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly and Outside.

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