Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See – Available October 1!!!!

Now available for order
Bill Finch, Rhett Johnson and John Hall have done an amazing job telling the story of longleaf – with a path to the future.


The longleaf pine ecosystem is one of the most diverse in North America, second only to the rain forest. This fire maintained forest of the Coastal Plain is experiencing a restoration movement lead by the Longleaf Alliance.  The book has been a work in progress since 2005 and was created as a celebration of the efforts of the Longleaf Alliance. We are very proud to have this book published by the University of North Carolina Press, they have done a remarkable job. You can order books through this web site or send me an email for quantity orders and discounts. beth@bethyoung.net

Cahaba – River of Riches

Perry Lakes Park is one of the most amazing places in Alabama.
Perry Lakes Park is one of the most amazing places in Alabama.


Smithsonian Magazine published a major story on the Cahaba River in the August issue! Michelle Nihjuis spent a week with us exploring the river and getting a full dose of Cahaba 101. She did an amazing job of sifting through huge amounts of information to write a great story about the river. I loved working with her and really loved photographing a place I care so much about. You can view the article here.

This made front page in the Birmingham News



Tis the Season for Prescribed Burns









TNC Prairie burn



Tarklin Bayou and Blackwater River State Forest Burn





DeSoto National Forest 





Briar Creek Eglin AFB



Mossy Pond


Headwaters: A Journey on Alabama Rivers


Headwaters: A Journey on Alabama Rivers
Headwaters: A Journey on Alabama Rivers














Headwaters: A Journey on Alabama Rivers, is the story of Alabama told by master story-teller John C. Hall, with photographs of Alabama’s rivers by conservation photographer Beth Maynor Young.

This book has been a long time in the making, Robin McDonald did a remarkable job uniting the story and the photographs into an extraordinary piece of work. The foreword by Rick Middleton, the Director of the Southern Environmental Law Center is very insightful. Headwaters is a very elegant and beautiful statement about Alabama. We are now one of the few states to have a book about our rivers.

News coverage:


Mobile Press Register



Birmingham News



Portico Magazine 



Thicket Magazine 


Book Projects

al_hurricane-creekimg_4563.jpgHeadwaters: A Journey on Alabama Rivers.  This is the  title for a book that has involved camping on many river banks in some beautiful places in Alabama. John C. Hall  has written a remarkable story  of Alabama from the ancient geology to the value of the biodiversity that exists in the waters of this state. It is a story told with science, history and humor as only a true story teller can do. The University of Alabama Press will publish this book in the Spring of 2009. Our hope is the book will be used a conservation tool to identify many of the valuable unprotected natural assets in Alabama  in order to move toward protection. You can pre-order this book on  line at http://www.kingfishereditions.com/headwaters.php     ga_longleaf-plantation-0119.jpg  Longleaf Pine: The Fire Foresthttp://www.kingfishereditions.com/galleries/Longleaf/  Rhett Johnson is the co-founder of the Longleaf Alliance and has recently retired as Director of the Solon Dixon Center. He and I are collaborating on a book on the Longleaf Forest to support the efforts of the Longleaf Alliance. The longleaf forest is the most diverse ecosystem in North America, second only to the rain forest. It is said that the longleaf forest without fire is like the rainforest without rain. The Longleaf Alliance has an ambitious restoration plan for the Longleaf forest in the South. We have just begun photography on this project and hope to raise enough funds to have the photography completed by January 2009. If you are interested in being a part of this project with financial support I would be thrilled to come talk with you. Just send an email to beth@bethyoung.net or call 205-969-1800.