In these times of industrial and commercial expansion, wilderness regions are often seen as low-rent real estate. Some see undeveloped land as untapped potential waiting for a developer’s big idea and investors’ money.

But not RBC research writer and naturalist Dean Ohlman. With a weathered face, hiking boots, and a sun-shielding hat, Dean’s searching eyes scan rocks, weeds, soil, and whatever moves or doesn’t move in the rustling leaves and grass.

There’s wonder and significance in the regions of our world that many of us have looked at without ever really seeing. I hope you find this booklet as inspiring as I have.

Martin R. De Haan II

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