336 pages, colour photos
New Zealand's Wilderness Heritage is a comprehensive record and description of New Zealand's wilderness, in all its magnificent geological and biological diversity. It will appeal to all who are concerned at what is happening to our natural landscapes and seascapes, and what can be done to better conserve them. In very readable language, it traverses the origins of New Zealand's heritage of wild land, its character, the major campaigns to protect it and priorities for its future conservation.
Originally published in a larger format, this edition has been scaled down to create a more affordable book, as well as being completely revised. New Zealand's Wilderness Heritage takes a bio-regional approach, with 14 chapters detailing the protected areas, major flora and fauna values, endangered species and conservation threats and responses for each region of New Zealand. A concluding chapter throws out the major challenges that we need to address as a nation to retain our outstanding wilderness heritage.
New Zealand's Wilderness Heritage is illustrated throughout with the landscape photography of Craig Potton, supplemented by wildlife photographs from one of New Zealand's pre-eminent photographers in this genre, Rod Morris.
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As a scientist, mountaineer, and conservationist, Les Molloy has spent most of a lifetime studying, recreating in and writing about New Zealand's wilderness. Les is a respected advocate for the greater protection of our wilderness and he has written five other books on aspects of New Zealand's natural heritage. During the past 20 years he has undertaken a large number of World Heritage field evaluation and monitoring missions in Asian regions on behalf of IUCN and UNESCO.
Craig Potton is New Zealand's best known landscape photographer and an ardent conservationist. For more than four decades he has documented the New Zealand wilderness, exploring relationships between the concept of artistic beauty and wilderness in the natural world. Craig makes his home in Nelson and is an Executive member of the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand.