Ellen Williams, the postmaster general in the town of Dutch John in northeastern Utah, has spent the past several years attempting to preserve and restore the historical remnants of nearby Browns Park, an Old West ranch outpost and outlaw hideout.
Don Erickson is a modest, cautious man. These qualities set him apart from most other solar energy equipment manufacturers eager to build a market for a new product.
Dick Randall, who grew up in Wyoming's wide open spaces and at one time in his life shot hundreds of coyotes from a plane, is now an outspoken opponent of predator control.
Buzz and Mary Anne Youens anticipated a quiet life when they built a cabin in Arizona's isolated White Mountains in the early 1970s, but a nearby timber sale turned them into activists.
When HCN cartoonist Rob Pudim isn't slaying social dragons, he's often out catching butterflies or helping out with Boulder's methadone program.
Priscilla Robinson, the director of the Southwest Environmental Service, says that the key to lobbying is to recognize that the political person is a whole person and to give him a chance.
Bob Child, a rancher in Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley, is trying to promote an experimental program aimed at preserving what's left of the valley's cattle grazing industry.
Ann and Myron Sutton are students and teachers of the wilderness, having studied hundreds of wilderness areas in nearly 40 countries and written over 20 books on the wild outdoors.
Conservation writer Michael Frome is well-qualified to comment on the risks of speaking out -- he's spent much of his career nailing down natural resource scandals and naming the people responsible, and has lost two jobs for his candor.
People envy John McComb, Southwest Representative of the Sierra Club, because they think he gets paid to hike through the deserts and mountains surrounding Tuscon, Arizona. But he works 70-80 hours per week, believing that dedication and patience are two essential qualities for his profession.
Ten years after Juel Rodack and his wife took an awe-inspiring hike into the Grand Canyon, only to emerge and learn of plans for the Marble and Bridge Canyon Dams, the group they formed in response, Arizonans for Water Without Waste, is one of the most influential environmental groups in the Southwest.
Charlie Scott, a rancher south of Casper Mountain in Wyoming, challenged himself as a bureaucrat in Washington D.C. for five years, but is pleased to be back in the West.
When conservationists get together to talk shop, June Viavant talks canyons. The Escalante Canyon, in particular, has been her obsession since the '60s.
Laney Hicks, the Northern Plains Representative of the Sierra Club, has made good on her goal of getting good press coverage.
Ed Dobson wanted to be a baseball player, and later, a sports broadcaster. But a hike to the Grand Canyon clinched his future in the West, and he now runs a traveling show about the ills of strip mining.
Peter and Katherine Montague are dedicated to dissolving the reticence that has traditionally characterized Western towns, and have been building an "information bank" in the Southern Rockies.
Jim Connor, a planner-coordinator for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, softens the blows from environmentalists and industry.
Despite his ranch duties and his job as chairman of the Wyoming group of the Sierra Club, Art Fawcett still finds time to add to an impressive collection of wildflower and wildlife photos and participate in local community life.
During his 75 years, Adolph Murie wandered through the wilderness from Guatemala to Alaska, living with wolves on Mount McKinley, moose on Isle Royale, elk in the Olympics, and coyotes in Yellowstone.