Carolyn and Irv Alderson, owners and operators of the Bones Brothers Ranch in Birney, Mont., could benefit from mining coal on their property, but say "in the end the productivity of the land is the only material thing on this earth that can be left for the future."
Bart Koehler's construction days ended abruptly when The Wilderness Society gave him a call, wanting to know if he'd give up Florida to hike around the Rockies studying potential wilderness, take pictures and write field reports.
For the last three years Louise Dunlop's life has centered around one word -- coal. She coordinates the Coalition Against Strip Mining, a group of about 30 organizations across the country.
Leslie Peterson became an environmentalist when she saw that the trees weren't growing back on timber clearcuts in Wyoming's Shoshone National Forest. She noticed the scare as a small child, because she grew up in the forestry business.
Chuck Perry grew up in North Dakota, the breadbasket of the nation. Today he is leading the fight against strip mining that breadbasket.
The Colorado Open Space Council is taking political organizing seriously after Colorado environmentalists were overrun by Denver Water Board's plan to divert water from the state's Western slope in order to feed Denver's growth.
Colorado Open Space Council president Vim Wright was moved to enter the environmental movement by a fascination and appreciation for nature.
Orrin H. Bonney is one of Wyoming's twentieth century mountain men. His love of Wyoming's high country has led to an intimate knowledge of the mountains few modern men can match.
Ouray County Plaindealer editor Joyce Jorgenson's biggest battle has been fighting a power package designed by Kemmerer Coal Company of Wyoming.
Ernie Day fell in love with the White Clouds high mountain country of central Idaho about 10 years ago but at that time he never dreamed his love affair would square him off against the second largest mining company in the United States, or put him in the thick of an Idaho gubernatorial election.
Volunteers-In-Parks at Grand Teton National Park help over-worked rangers with a variety of jobs in return for Park Service-provided lodging and $3 per day food allowance.
Claude Olson, a weatherbeaten South Dakotan who runs a 28,000-acre ranch, shares his recipes for barbequed beef, as well as his philosophy that he'd "like to prove that it is possible to live your natural lifetime without being subsidized by the taxpayers."
Tobe Wilkins and Jim Adams have spent the last 17 years chiseling away at the fossilized remains of more than 200 ancient beasts embedded in a 180-foot long, 40-foot high vertical wall in Dinosaur National Monument.
Guy M. Brandborg of Hamilton, Mont., is a forester of the old school. He is one of that breed which had as its contemporaries such giants as Aldo Leopold and Bob Marshall, and he may one day be remembered as one with them.
Landscape gardener Stan Bulpitt is showing the way toward a compost-conscious America solving its waste problems, enriching its soils, and conserving precious water.
Howard Thom, an oil pumper at the refinery in Laurel, Montana, and his brother Chick have spent hundreds of hours and hiked thousands of miles mapping potential boundaries for the proposed Absoroka-Beartooth Wilderness.
Joe Walsh of Lusk, Wyoming, has three warehouses full of rocks and fossils, making him perhaps the mountain west's most acquisitive rockhound.