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by Debbie Espie, Eagle Nest Public Library Librarian

At this time last year, we were just beginning to deal with a fire in the area. And unlike last year, this year we have had quite a bit of snow. So, I have been thinking about trees, and fire, and water.

Much of New Mexico is wilderness and filled with trees. And much of that is in Colfax County. The biography of Frank Springer, entitled Frank Springer & New Mexico: From the Colfax County War to the Emergence of Modern Santa Fe tells of his many business ventures including logging, mining and irrigation. The Forester’s Log: Musings from the Woods recounts Mary Stuever’s career as the state timber management officer with New Mexico’s EMNRD Forestry Division. Published by UNM Press. Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout recounts Phillip Connors time spent in the Gila National Forest, watching for fires.

When you have fire, you need water. In A Great Wilderness, William deBuys writes a compelling story about what the Southwest could become as it gets hotter and the water dries up. Quoted from the book “staggering population growth, combined with the intensifying effects of climate change, is driving the oasis-based society of the American Southwest close to the brink of a Dust-Bowl scale catastrophe.” Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner tells a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, and of ecologic and economic disaster. Lastly, Mythical River by Melissa Sevigny destroys any fantasies of hydrologic abundance and instead explores acts of restoration. She examines how ecologists, engineers, politicians, and citizens have attempted to secure water for desert ecosystems.

These next books are new to the library, they are not necessarily considered current releases, but they are new to us.

Adult Fiction: Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Non-Fiction: The End of the World is Just the Beginning by Peter Zeihan

Juvenile/Young Adult: A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer

Young Adult Non-Fiction: Ocean Speaks by Marie Tharp

Children’s: The Tantrum that Saved the World by Megan Herbert

As of this writing, all of these books are available to circulate and are featured in the Turn the Page display in the library.

Thank you for reading!

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