304 pages, 32 figs, 26 maps, 140 col photos
In this tribute to the Texas coast, conservationist and lawyer Jim Blackburn has teamed with photographer Jim Olive to give us the most intimate portrait yet of Texas bays and of those who work for their wise use and preservation. While giving life and sustenance to plants, animals, and people, the bays and estuaries of Texas have other stories to tell - about freshwater inflows, deep port construction, disappearing oyster beds, beach resorts, industrial pollution, and more. Each story brings opposing forces into the courtroom for vigorous debates on the future of some of our most valuable and irreplaceable resources. The Book of Texas Bays is a personal account of legal battles won and lost, but it is also a work of natural history by someone with a deep spiritual connection to the Texas coast and all it has to offer. Jim Olive's photographs present us with a dramatic perspective of our relationship with the Gulf and remind us of both the grandness and the fragility of our coastal treasures.
This book is superb. Jim Blackburn is a splendid writer who writes charmingly about the un-charming assaults on the Texas Gulf coast. He has fought in all the major battles of that war, for which Texans owe him a huge debt of gratitude. - Edward H. Harte, founder, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies and former chairman of the board, National Audubon Society"
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