Science on the range: studying wide open landscapes in the American West

Geographer Nathan Sayre talks about homesteaders, hubris, and healing … and the challenges facing public and private lands and the people and creatures who inhabit them. He is a professor of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of the book, The Politics of Scale: A History of Rangeland Science.

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