Frederick H. Swanson
The wild landscapes of the West have entranced me ever since my youth, beginning with the deep forests of Oregon and later the superb mountain ranges of Montana. These days my wife and I enjoy exploring the canyons and deserts of southern Utah, where my first two books are based. As an environmental historian, I’ve profiled some of the twentieth century’s notable explorers and conservationists, including pioneering Colorado River guide Dave Rust, Montana forester G. M. Brandborg, and the renowned biologist Olaus Murie.
My work has appeared in High Country News, International Journal of Wilderness, Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Forest History Today, Dark Mountain, National Parks Traveler and other journals. I’ve been honored to receive the Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental and American Western History, the Western Writers of America Spur Award, and the Utah Book Award, among others.
I formerly worked as publications editor and hold a graduate degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana. My family and I enjoy visiting the less-traveled places of the western United States on foot, by canoe, and (climate willing) cross-country skis.
My most recent work is Where Roads Will Never Reach: Wilderness and Its Visionaries in the Northern Rockies (University of Utah Press, 2015). I’m currently completing a history of the national parks and monuments of southern Utah.