Listening to the Land: Stories from the Cacapon and Lost River Valley

Listening to the Land

Listening to the Land: Stories from the Cacapon and Lost River Valley
Written by Jamie S. Ross
Photography by Tom Cogill

Listening to the Land, commissioned by the Cacapon & Lost Rivers Land Trust and published by West Virginia University Press, is a tribute to the people of the Cacapon and Lost River Valley, past and present. Listening to the Land captures the stories about, and powerful photographs of, the love people have for this Valley and their land. These stories describe why some land can’t be bought because of deep family connections forged by a long history, hard labor, or simply by time sitting with a child under a tree. It’s also a book about how land use change is affecting the Valley and the families who live here. This book is upbeat, inspirational, and educational. It will make anyone who ever spent time or owned land in the Cacapon and Lost River Valley proud of the land ethic and stewardship that has made and keeps this Valley the special place it is today.

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West Virginia Public Radio reviews the book

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The book was funded in part by the West Virginia Stream Partners grant program, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Parks Service.

About the collaborators

Author, Jamie S. Ross, is the producer and co-writer of the acclaimed four-part PBS environmental history series A History of Mountains and Peoples, for which she received the Mountain Hero award from the Mountain Institute.

Tom Cogill is a freelance photographer. His work has appeared in National Geographic, US News & World Report, American Heritage, and other publications.