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Book highlights Altamaha, its keeper

Book highlights Altamaha
Altamaha: A River and Its Keeper Photographs by James Holland Text by Dorinda G. Dallmeyer and Janisse Ray University of Georgia Press $29.95
Altamaha: A River and Its Keeper
Dorinda G. Dallmeyer and Janisse Ray
University of Georgia Press

The University of Georgia Press has published ­Altamaha: A River and Its Keeper.

It was co-written by Dorinda G. Dallmeyer, director of the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program at UGA;  James Holland, ­Altamaha riverkeeper for 10 years; and Janisse Ray, ­environmental activist and author of the bestselling book Ecology of a Cracker Childhood.

Formed by the confluence of the Ocmulgee and Oconee rivers, the Altamaha is the largest free-flowing river on the East Coast and drains the region’s third-largest watershed. It has been designated as one of the Nature Conservancy’s 75 “Last Great Places” because of its unique character and rich natural diversity.

In evocative photography and elegant prose, Altamaha captures the distinctive beauty of this river and offers a portrait of the man who has become its improbable guardian.

The book features 230 color ­photographs that capture the area’s majestic landscapes and stunning natural diversity, including a generous selection of some the
234 species of rare plants and animals in the region.

In their essays, Ray offers a profile of Holland’s transformation from orphan and troubled high school dropout to river advocate, and Dallmeyer celebrates the biological richness and cultural heritage that the Altamaha offers to all Georgians.