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Martha Christensen 

(1932-2017)

     Wildland advocates in Wyoming lost a long-time supporter on March 19th when Martha Christensen passed away in Madison, Wisconsin.  She was 85 and had been a professor at the University of Wyoming for 26 years.  WWA Governing Council member Dennis Knight noted, "Martha was an avid outdoors person, backpacking into wilderness areas at every opportunity.  She was admired for her tenacity in evaluating the decisions of public land managers. In her many letters to the editor she asked for the protection of those few roadless areas that remain in our national forests.”  

    For many years Martha worked with WWA founder, and current Governing Council member, Bart Koehler, and later WWA Executive Director Liz Howell, and she was featured in two chapters of WWA’s book, Ahead of Their Time: Wyoming Voices for Wilderness. Copies of this book are available from our Sheridan office.  An obituary for Martha can be accessed at http://uwbotany.blogspot.com.

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Adobe Town in Wyoming's southern Red Desert is a reminder of the fragility of wilderness. | Photo courtesy Erik Molvar

It’s hard to understand the entirety of the Red Desert. Its immensity, geologic history, and ecology tell a tale too long for a thousand lifetimes.  I’ve spent a good portion of this summer in the Red Desert hiking, leading outings, and exploring. Each time I travel a new road, wandering down unknown labyrinthine passages, I am reminded of the complexity of this landscape. The endless towers and embankments of mudstone, carved by timeless forces, overwhelm the senses and strain the rational faculty that orders the phenomena of nature.

Recently I experienced such an effect when exploring a small corner of the Adobe Town Wilderness Study Area, located in the southern Red Desert.  Trailing the sun, I drove my car for what seemed like countless hours through the meandering dirt roads.  Like most roads in the Red Desert, it ended at an abandoned well site. A barren patch of s...

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