Heidi Redd

Heidi Redd has run a cattle ranch on the border of Canyonlands National Park for nearly half a century.

In that time, she has been everything from owner and operator to cook and cattle boss. She says that the remarkable life she has enjoyed is entirely dependent on public lands. She also acknowledges, as few ranchers do, that the land she uses belongs equally to all Americans. She has seen how easy it is to damage these most special places and encourages everyone to become far more conscious stewards of the land.

“I have never owned this land. It has always owned me.” Tweet & share.

Alexis Bonogofsky

Alexis Bonogofsky is a fourth-generation Montanan, goat rancher and hunter who lives and works near the Yellowstone River.

On the anniversary of her father’s death, she describes the way the land safeguards our memories and helps us envision the kind of people we wish to become.

“Public lands are a great equalizer. If we lose them, we lose an essential piece of who we are as a people.” Tweet & share.