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Seeing the Sourlands

by Jim Amon

Seeing the Sourlands is a collection of 60 photo-essays featuring plants, insects, birds and other natives of the Sourland region.

Jim Amon has enlightened and entertained Sourland Conservancy’s members since 2015 with his amazing essays and photographs. Jim generously donated his photo-essays to the Sourland Conservancy for publication to support our mission. It has been our great fortune and privilege to be the recipient of this gift. Jim’s skill and passion as a writer, photographer and nature-lover shine through every one of his photo-essays.

Your purchase directly supports our work to protect, promote and preserve the Sourlands.

About Jim Amon

For 29 years Jim Amon was the Executive Director of the D&R Canal Commission, planning for and overseeing the development of the D&R Canal from its condition as an abandoned waterway to its present status as the most visited park in the State of New Jersey.

He spent ten years as the Director of Stewardship for the D&R Greenway Land Trust, doing ecological restoration work on over 100 nature preserves. Jim also served as a Sourland Conservancy board member, volunteer and hike leader for several years.

Praise for Seeing the Sourlands


“Jim Amon’s rich and detailed nature writings remind us of how much more we have to learn and inspire us to get out into nature.”


Michele S. Byers
Executive Director, New Jersey Conservation Foundation

“This book, Seeing the Sourlands, will be an invaluable tool for every walker in the Sourlands for years to come as a reminder of the enormous biological diversity of that rocky terrain.”

Hella & Scott McVay

“Seeing the Sourlands by Jim Amon, a collection of stunning images and informative essays that aims to open our eyes – and minds – to the natural beauty in our own back yard.”

George Point
Author, WDVR Radio Book Talk Host.

Read George’s review in U.S.1.