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Botanist, Naturalist and Adventurer-bookcover

By: Dennis W. Magee

Botanist, Naturalist and Adventurer

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This autobiography presents the compelling and unusual story of one man’s personal journey, from high school dropout to finishing an advanced degree in Natural Science and having a successful career as an Environmental Scientist. At the height of his career, he became vice president at a major environmental firm, published four botanical reference books, taught advanced courses in botany, and was a graduate student advisor. He also took part in plant and musk oxen research in the Canadian Arctic and plant research in the Amazon jungles of Colombia. His life has been rich with hunting and fishing scuba diving adventures in remote wilderness of Alaska, Idaho and Colorado, and throughout the Northeastern US, and foraging for wild plants and mushrooms.

This book is filled with descriptions and photos of remote wilderness that few people will ever see and describes a life of successes and adventures most people only dream about. The sections on living off the land and harvesting plants and animals present methods and lore for gathering and preserving food; something that is capturing the interest of increasing numbers of people. In all, the book is presented in the context of a highly socially relevant theme: concern for the environment. This is the story of an ordinary person who ended up doing extraordinary things, and learned life lessons and spiritual insights from the journey, now collected in one place for everyone.

Dennis W. Magee earned degrees in wildlife science and forestry which led to a career in environmental consulting. His job involved conducting natural resource inventories and assessing impacts of infrastructure development. He has published four botanical reference books and teaches courses in botany. He conducted plant and wildlife research in the Canadian Arctic and the Amazon Forest. He has had numerous outdoor adventures in Alaska and the American West, as well as scuba diving and fishing, both at sea and in inland waters. He is married with two sons and three grandchildren and enjoys foraging, jujitsu, playing the accordion and cooking.

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