From Generation to Generation, Pt. 1

From Generation to Generation, Pt. 1

“Well, it just needs rest. It needs rest from livestock; it’ll come back. It has lots of potential.”

That’s what Napoleon Warren “Boss” Chilson, Judy Prosser's grandfather, said when he purchased the property of what is now the Bar T Bar winter country, around Meteor Crater next to I-40, between Flagstaff and Winslow.

Bats: Plentiful, Diverse, & Threatened in AZ

Bats: Plentiful, Diverse, & Threatened in AZ

Bats (Chiroptera) are an integral part of any landscape, especially in our corner of the Southwest. However, relatively little is known about them in Arizona.

Of the roughly 45 bat species in the United States, nearly 60% live in Arizona, and most of those live at least part of the year on the Mogollon Rim. Bats are predators, pollinators, seed dispersers, and ecosystem managers, and much of what we love about our landscape depends on these small, flying mammals.

Spring/Summer 2017 • President's Message

Spring/Summer 2017 • President's Message

I am a natural resources management scientist and proponent of holistic management. Holism is the concept that the sum in living systems is greater than the parts. It gave me pause when I read my most recent Sierra magazine which informed readers that local ecosystems are self-contained and that harvesting livestock and game animals out of the system creates an entropic loss of carbon/minerals.  It said to believe otherwise is not valid science and advocated that humans can’t do better than leaving it all alone to heal.

Book Review: Lonesome Dove

Book Review: Lonesome Dove

Without a doubt, Lonesome Dove is the quintessential cowboy story. Written by Larry McMurtry in 1985 and set over a century earlier, Lonesome Dove is based on a true story and follows the tale of Gus McCrae and Woodrow F. Call, two Texas Rangers-turned-cowboys, as they gather a herd of cattle and drive them all the way to the yet-unsettled lands of Montana.