cover picture of Our National Monuments book

27 national monuments, 330+ photographs, 36 contributors, 70,000+ words, 28 maps
hardcover, 308 pages, 12x10 inches, $55
Published by Terra Galleria Press, ISBN 978-1-73357-607-9
Sept 25, 2021 (National Public Lands Day)


Take comfort, hope, and escape from our public lands

Draw inspiration from superbly printed nature photography

Understand the perspective of local citizen organizations caring for our lands and waters

Glimpse almost inaccessible marine national monuments

Discover lesser-known lands whose beauty and diversity rival the national parks

Learn what are the main attractions in the park-like national monuments

Plan to visit less-crowded and more adventurous alternatives to the national parks


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With the stroke of a pen, the president of the United States can proclaim a national monument. The Antiquities Act of 1906 was enacted to provide an expedited means to protect areas of natural or cultural significance. Since then, 16 presidents have used the Act to preserve some of America' most treasured public lands and waters. In 2017, an unprecedented executive order was issued questioning these designations by calling for the review of 27 national monuments across 11 states and two oceans, opening the threat of development to vulnerable and irreplaceable natural resources.

Our National Monuments, the first book of its kind, introduces these spectacular and unique landscapes. From the north woods of Maine to the cactus-filled deserts of Arizona, America's national monuments include vast lands rivaling the national parks in beauty, diversity, and historical heritage. These critically important landscapes are often under the radar, with limited visitor information available, yet offer considerable opportunities for solitude and adventure compared to bustling national parks.

QT Luong - of the most prolific photographers working in America's public lands and author of the best-selling and acclaimed photography book about the national parks, Treasured Lands - hiked and camped in the 22 land based national monuments under review, aiming his lens at the grand vistas, archaeological wonders, and hidden delights along the way. Accompanying the collection of 300 scenic photographs is an invaluable guide that includes maps, descriptions of the author's wide-ranging explorations and highlights for each of the monuments. Introductory essays from leaders and activists of 27 conservation associations provide the perspective of citizens caring for each of these national treasures. A foreword by former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, as well as photographs of marine national monuments from Ansel Adams award-winning photographer Ian Shive round out this comprehensive portrayal of America's hidden gems.

Our National Monuments invites readers to experience for themselves these lands and learn about the people and cultures who came before - for whom these sites remain sacred places - with a renewed understanding of how these essential landscapes are preserving America's past and shaping its future.

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The Authors

QT Luong, a photographer, author, and environmentalist, was the first to photograph all 62 US National Parks - in large format. He received the National Parks Conservation Association's Robin W. Winks Award for Enhancing Public Understanding of National Parks and was featured in the film The National Parks: America's Best Idea. His work has been profiled and critically acclaimed in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, among many other magazines, newspapers, and other media. His photographs are the subject of five books, including the best-selling Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America's National Parks (winner of twelve national and international book awards). They have appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide. Luong's limited-edition prints, widely collected, have been exhibited solo in museums and galleries nationwide and abroad. He lives in San Jose, California, with his wife and two children. To see more of his work, visit terragalleria.com

For frequent reports from QT's travels, which are mostly in America's public lands, including information and images that could not fit in Our National Monuments, visit the Terra Galleria Blog.

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Sally Jewell served as United States Secretary of the Interior from 2013-17, following over 40 years in business. As a public servant, she advocated for balanced protection of public lands and waters, leveraged science to shape a landscape-level understanding of our resources, helped nurture a respectful nation-to-nation relationship with Native American tribes, and engaged youth in opportunities to experience and care for the natural world. Jewell has been recognized for working with groups across ideologies, geographies, and interests to seek common ground, making decisions that recognize the importance of shaping a future that is both economically successful and environmentally sustainable for all.

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Ian Shive is an Ansel Adams award-winning American photographer and filmmaker whose work documents some of the world's most pristine environments and brings to the public important conservation stories from around the globe. He is the author of several best-selling books, including the award-winning The National Parks: An American Legacy, and his latest best-selling book released in October 2020, Refuge: America's Wildest Places, which celebrates the National Wildlife Refuge System. Shive's work has been critically acclaimed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, CNN, and countless other media. Since its inception in 2010, Shive has worked as CEO of the company he founded, Tandem Stills + Motion Inc., a leading health, fitness, and environmental media company. He resides in Los Angeles. Follow his adventures on social media @ianshivephoto.

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