Where the Buffalo Roam : Restoring America's Great Plains
Pummeled by a century of drought, depopulation, and soil erosion, America's Great Plains are in dire straits. With farms closing left and right, the region has a smaller population now than it did in frontier days. Frank and Deborah Popper have a solution: create a Buffalo Commons by returning 139,000 acres in ten states to prairie and reintroducing the buffalo that once roamed there. Where the Buffalo Roam follows the Poppers from Montana to Texas as they try to sell their idea in seminar rooms and small-town living rooms, cattle lots, and cornfields. In the process Anne Matthews introduces the colorful people who love these arid windswept lands, from the mild-mannered but persistent Poppers to suspicious ranchers and farmers with their backs to the wall. Donald Worster's new foreword situates the Buffalo Commons in the context of environmental history and, in a substantial new afterword, Matthews brings us up to date on the latest Commons developments, including growing support from Native Americans and private groups like the Nature Conservancy.
- Paperback | 204 pages
- 139 x 208 x 13.46mm | 256g
- 13 May 2003
- The University of Chicago Press
- University of Chicago Press
- Chicago, IL, United States
- New edition
- New edition
In 1987 Frank and Deborah Popper proposed a bold solution to the decline of America's Great Plains: create a vast nature preserve by returning 139,000 square miles in ten states to prairie and reintroducing the buffalo that once roamed there. In Where the Buffalo Roam, Anne Matthews follows the Poppers from Montana to Texas as they try to sell their idea called the Buffalo Commons; in the process, she introduces us to the people who love these arid windswept lands. This edition includes a new foreword by environmental historian Donald Worster. Matthews's new afterword describes how with growing support from Native Americans and private groups like the Nature Conservancy, the Poppers' dream of a Buffalo Commons is becoming a reality.
"An admirably crafted book, as poignant and entertaining as it is informative." - Seattle Times "Where the Buffalo Roam is very bright, active, effective journalism....An extremely savvy overlook of the dilemmas of the Great Plains." - Wallace Stegner
About Anne Matthews
Anne Matthews is the author of Bright College Years: Inside the American Campus Today, published by the University of Chicago Press, and Wild Nights: Nature Returns to the City. Her family has lived on the Great Plains for six generations.