Kim Heacox to Speak About New John Muir Biography
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583
DENALI PARK, Alaska: Writer, photographer, and activist Kim Heacox will speak about his newest book, "John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire: How a Visionary and the Glaciers of Alaska Changed America" on Tuesday,June 3 at 7:00 pm at the Denali Visitor Center, located at Mile 1.2 of the Denali Park Road.
The book is described as a dual biography of Alaska's glaciers and John Muir, the preservationist who gave his life to the natural world and helped convince Theodore Roosevelt that untrammeled land was priceless. It offers an environmental caveat on global climate change and the glaciers' retreat, while Muir shows us how one person helped America embrace its wilderness.
Heacox, who was a Denali Writer-in-Residence in 2012, has authored ten other books. They include "The Only Kayak," a memoir about living in Alaska and falling in love with a place that cannot stay the same and "In Denali", his photographic essay of Denali National Park and Preserve. His photographs have appeared in advertisements, books, magazines, calendars and publications such as "National Geographic" and "Smithsonian."
Heacox worked for many years as a seasonal park ranger, serving in Denali, Glacier Bay, and Katmai National Parks. He lives in Gustavus, near Glacier Bay in southeastern Alaska, where he loves to tell stories, write humor, and play the acoustic guitar.
Copies of Heacox's Muir biography will be available for sale and signing by the author at the Denali Visitor Center following the presentation.
Additional park information is also available on the web at www.nps.gov/dena or by calling 907-683-9532 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. Stay connected with "DenaliNPS" on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and iTunes – links to these social media sites are available at www.nps.gov/dena/connect.htm.
Did You Know?
Nearly 500 vegetation plots have been installed in Denali, to monitor climate change. Warmer temperatures allow woody plants to grow at higher elevations, invading the fragile and unique plants already in high alpine tundra - and threatening the animals that depend on those specialized plants.