Book to oppose mining in the area

Samantha Hill
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A group of writers and community members have come together to write a book opposing mines proposed for the area, and are now seeking residents’ support.

The book, “Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of the Greater Yellowstone,” is part of an online campaign through the website, www.Kickstarter, to raise money to publish the book opposing Crevice Mine near Emigrant as well as other mines proposed in the area.

Kickstarter provides an opportunity for people to give money to a cause and in return receive gifts from project designers.

In the local project, this could include — depending on amounts contributed — early access to “Unearthing Paradise” or sponsor credits.

The campaign started two days ago and has already raised $860 of its $5,000 total goal. The campaign will be up on the Kickstarter website until Oct. 27.

“Unearthing Paradise” combines poetry, short stories and anecdotes from 30 artists around Montana. Marc Beaudin, co-owner of Elk River Books and editor of “Unearthing Paradise,” said he contacted many people about the project and that almost all of them were able to contribute.

Beaudin said the project began soon after the Crevice Mine proposal was made last year.

“Many people were already in the process of writing things when this happened,” he said.

The people involved in the project include Seabring Davis, of Chico Hot Springs; Tami Haaland, a Montana State University of Billings English professor; and the late author Jim Harrison.

Beaudin said everyone involved has a connection to the area and wants to preserve its natural beauty.

Haaland said Wednesday she was attracted to the project because she spent a lot of time as a young person traversing the Beartooth Mountains and even wrote a poem about the range. She also said that since moving to Montana over 20 years ago, she has felt a need to protect the wilderness.

Beaudin said some of the writings are original and some were published in other outlets, but they were able to be used for the book.

After the Kickstarter campaign, the book will be printed sometime in November, Beaudin said.

Because the writers donated their time to make the book, the Kickstarter funds are really going only to printing the book, Beaudin said. However, if it ends up attracting more money, the group will give each of the writers some renumeration for their time.

“There are so many people donating their time, it would be nice to give back a little,” he said.

Once the book is published, any proceeds from it will go toward the Park County Environmental Council as well as raise awareness of the proposed mines.