Anan: Stream of Living Water

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What could be simpler than a wooded stream rippling through an unassuming valley? Anan, Stream of Living Water guides readers in an exploration of the connections between salmon, bears and water in one of North America's most prolific humpback salmon streams. Anan Creek is also internationally known as a prime location for observing black and brown bears in their natural habitat, drawn to this abundance of fish. Remnants of ancient fish traps document man's similar attraction to this region. Journey to Southeast Alaska's temperate rainforest as you read about this rich and unique ecosystem, the salmon stream.

Anan Creek is internationally known as one of the most productive Pink salmon streams in North America, making it by default an unmatched location for viewing both Black and Brown bears. Anan Creek is located on the north shore of the Cleveland Peninsula, just south of Wrangell Island and north of Ketchikan. Bonnie Demerjian has authored Anan: Stream of Living Water, an exhaustive chronicle of the stream and its denizens. The account displays Bonnie's depth of local knowledge and understanding of the complex relationships that exist between human visitors, feeding bears and spawning salmon meeting together at the creek. Demerjian paints a descriptive view of the region's natural history and geology. Using photographs taken by Ivan Simonek, she describes the plant and animal species found in the Anan watershed. There is extensive discussion of the Pink salmon life cycle and development of commercial fishing in the area. Explorer George Vancouver noted Anan Bay in 1793, and there has been aboriginal use of the Creek's natural plenty since the beginning of human occupation in Southeast Alaska some 10,000 years ago. A great sidebar and continued discussion in the text relates to the Tlingit Cycle of Food and the methods used to capture the salmon. Later industrial fishing endangered the resident Pink salmon population and would prove a driving issue in establishing Alaska Statehood. The greatest strength of Ana Stream of Living Water is its treatment of the legend, lore and life history of the region's prime attraction, the bears. Bonnie relates the Tlingit storeis of the bears, describes their biology and history within the region, and details the differences found between the Black and Brown species of bear. The USDA - Forest Service operates a wildlife viewing facility at Anan Creek that takes great advantage of the bears feeding on Pink Salmon migrating into the stream. The role of the Forest Service at Anan is explained and the authors forwards really useful information on bear photography, viewing safety, rental cabins, suggested reading, and contacting local guides. The book enjoys an extensive bibliography and subject index. --Alan Sorum - A View From the Waterfront

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