In her latest novel, "This Body of Death", mystery writer Elizabeth George sets the story in part in the UK's New Forest, an area in southern England with the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture and forest in that country.
In her own life, a similar effort to save a large tract of pristine forest is underway on Whidbey Island, off the coast of Washington state. George moved to the area years ago, captivated by the island's beautiful forests, rural landscapes and pristine beaches.
Now, the island's 664-acre Trillium Forest is under threat from development — and to launch her new book tour for "Body of Death", the New York Times bestselling author has donated $100,000 to The Land Trust's conservation campaign.
"One thing I like about the English is that they recognize and appreciate exactly what they have," said George. "They've preserved the countryside for hundreds of years. I can walk the same trails and visit the same cottages that Jane Austen did. Much of the landscape has remained unchanged. They understand the simple truth about land: God ain't making any more of it."
The Land Trust is making a run to secure the $4.2 million needed to purchase the land by June 10. If you would like to help make a donation, please visit the official campaign site here.
Elizabeth George's new novel is available from Amazon here.