author Matthew Deren discovered a hidden niche from the ground up in West
Central Idaho as he researched a book about nature's hidden relationships in
the temperate forests between McCall and Riggins.
"I noticed a convergence zone in West Central Idaho that no one had really discovered before," Deren says. "It's a point where the south meets the north, the dry meets the wet, and where civilization meets the wild. It's the largest temperate block of wilderness in North America."
Deren spent more than two years year-round taking photographs of nature, birds and wildlife in this convergence zone, and he came up with rare photographs of bobcats, mountain lions, wolves and black bears by backpacking into the most remote country he could find and setting up 4 sets of dual motion-triggered remote cameras.
The product of Deren's work is "A Forgotten Wilderness: Nature's Hidden Relationships in West Central Idaho," a 176-page full-color book that teaches readers all about nature. The book is published by the Brundage Mountain Nature Foundation, a new non-profit group launched by Brundage owner Judd DeBoer.
The book retails for $39.95. It is available in online here or in bookstores in McCall and Boise.
About the author: Matthew Deren has a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia. He has worked in the environmental fields of education, research, engineering and sustainable construction for the last 15 years. He is currently the Vice President of Sales at Simply LEDs , a leading US manufacturer of Energy Efficient Lighting Systems. This is his first book.