Cowboy Is a Verb - The Book
A born storyteller with a flair for words, Collins breathes life into the geology, history, and interdependence of land, water, and native and introduced plants and animals. With both humor and humility, he recounts the day-to-day challenges of ranch life such as how to build a productive herd, distribute cattle evenly across a rough and rocky landscape, and establish a grazing system that allows pastures enough time to recover.
Collins intimately recounts a battle over the endangered Gila topminnow and how he and his neighbors worked with scientists, conservationists, and funding agencies to improve the ranches as well as the ecological health of the Redrock Canyon watershed.
He demonstrates that patience, resilience, and a common-sense approach to conservation and range management are what count, combined with an enduring affection for nature, its animals, and the land. Cowboy is a Verb is not a romanticized story of cowboy life on the range, rather it is a complex story of the challenging work involved with being a rancher in the twenty-first-century West.
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
(Nov. 6, 2019)