National Parks, National Forests and Grasslands, BLM, our country’s vibrant wild heart, OUR public lands: the lifelines of the American wilderness’s future—each with a story to tell.
“To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.” -Aldo Leopold
For Sierra and Jackson, it’s a place to go.
Jump into passenger’s seat of “The Beast” and join me, an adventurous young ecologist and my gregarious dog, Jackson, as we travel by road, by foot and by boat through the public lands of the American West and bring you a story of adventure, science, friendship, uncertainty, triumph, perseverance, hard work and love.
Feel each landscape—its rhythm, sounds, smells and the way light passes over as the day progresses.
Meet people—rangers, firefighters, guides, businessmen, and scientists—each with a story of these cherished lands and their ecological, historical and economic importance.
Gain a greater appreciation for nature—through our interactions with wildlife and experiences in each ecosystem you will learn about animal behavior, geology, evolution, ecology, and conservation and management strategies, and challenges.
This book appeals to the our sense of adventure, interest in the natural world, quest for travel, fascination with wildlife and the curiosity of our inner child.
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” -Theodore Roosevelt