I don't know the whole Red Desert of Wyoming but the north east, Steamboat Mountain and the Oregon Buttes...I drove south from the Buttes to the Buffalo Hump Basin last summer. Unforgettable. This book in the only one about the area, one of the very last extense of wild country in the US...magnificent and seriously endangered, in spite of decades long struggles for protection. You will learn a lot from reading it: from history to archeology, geology to wildlife...to the history of conservation attempts. This book should help. Compulsory reading for all those who still think there is something more than land to be preserved here: a spirit of mind. And sometimes future can't wait...at least not too long.I am particularly glad to be the first to recommend this gem, from...Burgundy!
The Oregon Trail skirted the northern end of the Red Desert, and the Union Pacific's half of the transcontinental railroad traversed the southern edges. In between, and even beyond those two historic footprints, hoodoos like in Utah, mesas like in Arizona and New Mexico, and other elements of a miniature Great Basin desert.
And, ever more oil and gas exploration today.
The extended set of color plates at the front of the book make clear why this place needs, and is deserving of, the utmost in preservation. Some of the essays by Proulx and others detail the flora and fauna needing preservation.
Other essays touch on the trail and railroad, the mountain men who trapped here and held their rendezvous to the west on the Green River, Butch/Sundance and other outlaws who passed through, coal mining and the labor movement in the area, the wild mustanges, white-Indian dealings and so much more.
For both social and natural history, this is THE book about the Red Desert.
This is a great book about one of my favorite places -- Wyoming's Red Desert. If you buy this book, consider supporting the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance (BCA), which works hard to protect this area.
I dont think the red desert is the last refuge of ANY species, much less MANY species. Living on the south edge fo the red desert i believe i can turn in any direction and find every species that lives there. I would almost feel safe in saying that there is not a species found there that couldnt also be found in the states of idaho utah and colorado as well as most of the rest of wyoming. When you have the first misconception before you ever open the book then truly "the book is not worth the candle". If there was enev ONE endangered species to be found ONLY there it would have surely been mentioned. If you read this book and havent been there please keep in mind that the oil locations in the red desert and favorite hunting spots of local outdoorsman. Also keep in mind that the best fishing found there is in the big pond at the jim bridger power plant, also keep in mind that any of us locals that hunt deer or elk would give our eye teeth to be able to hunt the reclaimed areas of the bridger coal mine!