Essays

Ranch Diaries: Why we manage our cattle horseback
Ranch Diaries: Why we manage our cattle horseback
Rough terrain and big country make horses an ideal way to manage for gentle cattle.
Ranch Diaries: A New Mexico cattle company is born
Ranch Diaries: A New Mexico cattle company is born
How we decided to start our own business on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.
Chainsaw diplomacy
Chainsaw diplomacy
In southern Utah’s Escalante watershed, a river restoration group tries to cut through old cultural barriers.
My kind of town: Livingston, Montana
My kind of town: Livingston, Montana
An essay on returning home to the West, after years abroad.
Aldo Leopold explains it all
Aldo Leopold explains it all
Should nature be protected for humans or from humans?
Half-Blind Valley
Half-Blind Valley
Explorations in an urban wilderness.
Rants from the Hill: Hedgehog comes to the High Desert
Rants from the Hill: Hedgehog comes to the High Desert
Welcoming a fifteen-million-year-old animal to the Ranting Hill
How faith plays into the new conservation debate
How faith plays into the new conservation debate
Two sides call a truce, at least for now.
Introducing the idea of ‘hyperobjects’
Introducing the idea of ‘hyperobjects’
A new way of understanding climate change and other phenomena.
Can Aldo Leopold’s land ethic tackle our toughest problems?
Can Aldo Leopold’s land ethic tackle our toughest problems?
An argument for ‘voluntary decency.’
Postcards from fire
Postcards from fire
‘We will rise from the ashes, sweep them from our children's hair.’
The unusual occupation at Utah’s Book Cliffs
The unusual occupation at Utah’s Book Cliffs
They’re burning mad about climate change. Are you?
Should nature have standing to sue?
Should nature have standing to sue?
Even today, the natural world needs a co-plaintiff: us.