Working lands are the future of conservation
In coming decades, conservation will inevitably focus on working lands. Distinct from wilderness, working lands are commonly understood to be those lands tended by human hands. In the West, working
What Yellowstone’s bison reveal about the power of the mob
A recent study of the last migratory herd of bison in North America showed that bison are not compelled to surf the green wave. Bison, which are aggregate grazers, create
Time to talk about regenerative recreation
As a child, I used to sit on lazy summer afternoons by a little pond on national forest land near my family’s home. Save for the buzzing of an occasional
Picturing Rural Life in the West: Katie Geary Comes Home
Katie Geary has come home to Helmville in the Blackfoot River valley. It has been a long journey that started for her family in 1867 when her great-great grandfather immigrated
New Mexico wades into troubled waters
This post was originally published in August 2020. With the NM Game & Fish Commission set to meet Friday, June 18th, 2021 to rule on five outstanding non-navigable certification requests,
Querencia — Let the land bless you
There is a special word for love of the land in Spanish: “querencia”. It comes from the Spanish word “querer”—to care for or love. This is an important ideal and
Ken Salazar, shaped by the land
Ken Salazar grew up on a family ranch in Colorado’s San Luis Valley but his career eventually took him to Washington D.C., first as a U.S. Senator for his home
Examining trophic cascades in Yellowstone
Have wolves altered the Yellowstone ecosystem? If so, how? Where? Are wolves an environmental panacea, as they have been called? For the past two decades, these questions have been asked
Haiku for Old Friends
13 haiku verses from rancher and poet Reyes Garcia explore how he's coping with social isolation this Spring.
Parallel journeys to the radical center
The radical center is a place of empathy and respect. It’s where more than just imagining walking in another person’s shoes, we can come to respect their journey.
Concerning Saving Species of Concern
Ranch manager and wildlife biologist Rick Danvir reviews the book *Saving Species on Private Lands* by Lowell E. Baier.
Most days these warming weeks of late spring the new pup, Huckleberry, and I walk to the Owl Trees near the southeast border of our home meadows.