Teddy Roosevelt vs. The Squirrels

It’s no secret that Theodore Roosevelt lived a life that revolved around the outdoors and nature.  Even during his years in the White House, he would commonly disappear into the American West for weeks at a time, hunting,… Read More

Explorers – The Foundation of the American West

Two book recommendations about the golden era of American West exploration: Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose and Astoria by Peter Stark For the past few years, the majority of my U.S. history reading has centered around the American… Read More

Bayou Salado – The History of South Park

Back in 1995, I was sent to Colorado with a number of my high school classmates for a leadership retreat that took place at a camp located just west of Buena Vista. Despite my obsession with camping, climbing,… Read More

An Unchanged Western Tradition

I came across the following passage last week while reading TR’s The Wilderness Hunter.  It’s amazing how little spring cattle round-ups and brandings have changed in the 121+/- years since he wrote these words.  With the exception of… Read More

Summer Reading – Great Books about the American West

As we enter Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial beginning of summer, I wanted to offer up a few book recommendations for your summer reading list.  I love reading, particularly non-fiction, and I try to read at least… Read More

From the WSJ – Bison in Yellowstone

An interesting short piece in this morning’s Wall Street Journal discussing Yellowstone National Park’s bison herd, and the its effect on landowners, Indian Tribes, and federal and state policy: Montana Wrangles Over Bison Population To read more about… Read More

Book Review – “Meat Eater” by Steven Rinella

Growing up in North Carolina, I was never drawn to the idea of deer hunting.  As a young kid, it all seemed pretty boring – get up before sunrise, sit still in a cold tree stand for hours… Read More

The Farm Bill – History, Updates, and Conservation

Be sure to check out my recent article on the Mirr Ranch Group blog: The US Farm Bill – Current Status and Potential Impact on Conservation.  In it, I give a little history on the US Farm Bill,… Read More

Public vs Private Lands

I was recently paging through the Atlas of the New West, an interesting book published by The Center of the American West.  It’s an older book, published in 1997, yet it still has a great deal of relevant… Read More

Conservation Founding Fathers

I recently came across this informative video produced by the American Museum of Natural History that describes some of Theodore Roosevelt’s* conservation mentors.  There’s also some interesting commentary from historian Douglas “I ain’t scared of no two-bit congressman”… Read More