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Wilderness is the Topic of Last Presentation in Denali's 90th Anniversary Speaker Series

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Date: August 16, 2007
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583

Writer, photographer, and activist Kim Heacox will share his unique and often humorous perspective on the values that humans have attached to Alaskan wilderness in his presentation on “Paradox, Dirty Socks & Glacier Rocks: Why Wilderness Matters” taking place on Thursday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Denali Visitor Center, located at Mile 1.2 of the Denali Park Road.

Heacox has been taking photographs professionally for over twenty years, and his photographs have appeared in advertisements, books, magazines, calendars and publications such as “National Geographic” and “Smithsonian.” He has authored ten books, including his most recent publication, “The Only Kayak,” a memoir about living in Alaska and falling in love with a place that can not stay the same. “In Denali”, his photographic essay of Denali National Park and Preserve, won the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Nature Book Award, and has sold through six printings.

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 books will be available for sale and signing by the author at the Denali Bookstore following the presentation.

This is the final presentation of the 90th Anniversary Summer Speaker Series, which featured seven Alaskan authors who have written about Denali’s cultural heritage and natural history from a variety of viewpoints. Additional information on the park’s anniversary is available at www.nps.gov/dena.

General information on the park and other activities is also available on the web site, or by calling the park headquarters at (907) 683-2294 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily.

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Did You Know?

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Denali provides a special opportunity to study a large, intact and naturally-functioning ecosystem. Researchers can monitor climate change in Denali and contribute to larger-scale climate monitoring and management efforts.