A Forgotten Wilderness: Nature's Hidden Relationships in West Central Idaho
Published by Brundage Nature Foundation, Inc., June. 2011
By Matthew Deren
One of the surprising aspects of this book is that it describes a region that critically impacts the weather along the Wasatch Front. Little Cottonwood Canyon especially is favored by Winter storms that come in on a Northwest flow. That’s when LCC generally gets the most and best snow. This book describes in good detail why and how this is the case. It describes how the geography of West Central Idaho funnels air masses into the Wasatch Front. It is also very good at describing a beautiful region of Idaho, mainly focused on McCall Idaho.
You will want to focus on the “Geology, Geography, Climate” section where the author discusses ecoregions of the Rockies and the West Central Transition Zone between Pacific and Continental ecoregions. The Convergence of these zones centers over McCall, Idaho. The remainder of the book discusses the four seasons in Western Central Idaho and includes many beautiful photographs. The book will be hard to find. Try your local library or search online.
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.