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Gila Libre!: New Mexico's Last Wild River


M. H. Salmon

M. H. Salmon was told, "a river named 'Gila' offered sporting fish. But this was no river. It was a stream, and standing on the bank I could see that if you picked out a riffle you could cross on foot without wetting your knees. Hardly even your ankles. I knew rivers--the St. Lawrence, the Seneca, the Oswego, the Salmon, the Black, and the Nueces. A real river could float a freighter, or at the least a barge, a yacht, a bass or drift boat. This Gila would ground a canoe." But he soon learned the river offered more than water and fish.
Gila Libre! New Mexico's Last Wild River is the story of a geographic anomaly that includes roughly four million acres of the nation's first designated (1924) wilderness area, New Mexico's largest national forest, and the state's only undammed river. Visitors might spot a beaver and a coatimundi on the same day, an elk and a javelina on the same hillside, or catch a flathead catfish and a wild trout in the same pool. Apaches roamed along the Gila's shores, as did mountain men and outlaws.
Gila Libre! tells the river's story to date, extolling what is still a unique Southwest resource and speculating on its future, which includes the threatening proposal of a major state and federal water project.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

M. H. Salmon is publisher of High-Lonesome Books and the author of The Catfish as Metaphor: A Fisherman's American Journey. He lives near Silver City, New Mexico.

ACCLAIM

"...(a) thoughtful survey of the Gila's past, present, and potential future...Highly recommended."

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Midwest Book Review



"...highly readable...a fitting homage to one of the last truly rare, wild places in our region."

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Tucson Citizen



"Salmon is a good storyteller...He weaves history and natural history into a readable fabric....Well worth reading."

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Albuquerque Journal



"...Salmon...masterfully captures the river's wild, numinous spirit as well as the rich biodiversity of its ecosystems. And this, among other things, is what makes Gila Libre! such a compelling book."

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ISLE Journal of Environmental Literature




6 x 9 in. 144 pages 27 halftones, 1 maps