Gulick to present 'Salmon in the Trees' exhibit Tuesday

Photographer Amy Gulick will open her “Salmon in the Trees” photography exhibit Tuesday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. An opening reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7 p.m.

“Salmon in the Trees,” published in 2010, is a combination of Gulick’s photographs, gathered from her treks and paddles throughout Southeast Alaska, and a collection of essays written by area scientists, authors and others, including Juneau residents Rosita Worl, Richard Carstensen, Becky Janes and Sissi Babich, as well as Ketchkan artist Ray Troll and Sitka author John Straley.

The book highlights the interconnectedness between the trees that grow in the Tongass rain forest and the salmon that live in the streams. Southeast Alaska — with its healthy salmon runs, numerous fish-toting bears, and miles of undeveloped coastline — is one of the only places on earth where this connection still exists, Gulick said in a previous Empire interview.

“To me, it’s one of the coolest connections in the world,” she said in August 2010. “It’s astounding that we still have it somewhere. We’ve lost it down here (in Washington). It’s just gone. … But not only is it in Southeast Alaska, it’s thriving there.”

Gulick’s exhibit opened at the Silverbow Back Room in August, 2010, and has spent the past year traveling around the state, making stops in Sitka, Yakutat, Ketchikan, Wrangell and Craig. The tour was organized in part to coincide with the International Year of the Forest.

Guilck, who lives in North Bend, Wash., is an award-winning photojournalist and a fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers. “Salmon in the Trees” was the winner of the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Award.

The exhibit runs through Oct. 29.

For more information, visit www.salmoninthetrees.org.

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