Meet some of the Citizens for the Red Desert

Meet some of the Citizens for the Red Desert!

MIKE BURD, Green River

Trona miner, representative of the Federation of Union Sportsmen and vice president of United Steelworkers Local 13214

The Red Desert is an oasis for the wildlife that we all love in this state. Elk, deer, and antelope need this habitat to survive Wyoming’s harsh winters. The recreational opportunities—like hunting that we all enjoy doing in the fall—are so important for local folks and visitors. We need to make sure this special place is protected for our grandkids.

LAUREN HEERSCHAP, Lander

Geologist, business owner, and Executive Director of the Central Wyoming Climbers Alliance and WyoClimbers

The Red Desert is one of the few large swaths left of untouched high desert. The closer and closer you look, the more you slow down, there’s so much special unique value. It’s a really cool experience to be in untouched sagebrush high desert, whether you’re backpacking or hiking or climbing or bouldering or on a bike. A lot of people move here for these opportunities.

TOM CHRISTIANSEN, Rock Springs

Retired Greater sage-grouse program coordinator and wildlife biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department

The Red Desert is full
Full of Nothing
Nothing is Everything, here
May it remain 
Full Of Nothing
Forever

CHESIE LEE, Riverton

Former executive director of the Wyoming Association of Churches and founder of the Riverton Peace Mission

Going to the Red Desert is a spiritual experience for me. The vastness, the beauty, and the stillness give me the feeling that nothing is between me and our creator.

DAN STROUD, Pinedale

Retired habitat mitigation biologist for the Wyoming Game & Fish Department

From golden eagles down to pygmy rabbits, the Golden Triangle has some of the larger pronghorn winter ranges, important mule deer and elk winter ranges, and it has some of the greatest sage-grouse habitat densities probably in the world. You just never know what you’re going to encounter out here and that’s part of the awesomeness. It’s wild.

BOBBI WADE, South Pass

Owner, horsewoman, head wrangler, and guide of Blue Sky Sage Horseback Riding Retreats

For over 20 years, I have spent many days and hundreds of miles on horseback in the northern end of the Great Divide Basin — with guests from all over the world trekking behind me and my husband as we hit a long trot in search of wild horses or shy, reclusive elk herds. The country is magical and has an essence that permeates to the very core of what we are as humans and how very small we really are in the big picture.”