For the time being, I’ll start by posting a little about my first book, The Dying Fish, and where to find it.
In November of 2022, I’ll announce it here first when Woodrise: Winter is available.
the dying fish (a sojourn to the source) – 2016
The Dying Fish is an account of the five years I spent walking from Georgia to New Brunswick in pursuit of native trout. This is a very personal story which embeds the conservation science so important to me within a (hopefully) compelling narrative. The months spent pursuing this unique purpose changed me in ways I could not have foreseen as I’d stood at the bus terminal in downtown Pittsburgh one summer day, waiting for a southbound Greyhound.
In the early summer of 2007 I began walking north from near Dawsonville, Georgia on trails toward Pennsylvania. I wouldn’t reach the Keystone State that year and I’d fall far short of my goals in reference to brook trout but I did learn something on that first foray about living alone in the wild and moving enormous distances on foot. I returned the following year, re-walked the southern states and went on to touch the Canadian border along the St. John River four years later.
If you want to learn something about not only the eastern mountains but the tiny trout that occupy our headwater brooks, this is a volume worth investigating. If you’d like to know something about the odd places where large brookies may still be found, this topic is addressed as well. If you wonder what you yourself can do to help our native trout, I offer suggestions herein. And if you want a thoughtful re-consideration of the environmental perils facing the eastern woodlands, this could be a good place to start.