Meredith Brown

The Badlands show us that mountains can be made up of layers of pebbles and chipped stone. In a way, climbing them is tough. There are few handholds and eroded dirt shifts beneath the feet. Yet mule deer and big horn sheep appear to ascend as easily as a person climbs stairs.

The struggle to conserve the remaining wild is like those Badland pseudo-mountains. Climbing can be a delicate matter, and in many ways, wholly different than scaling stone mountains of more clear cut problems. I think of CAC as the mule deer and the big horn sheep of the Badlands as we try to find new ways to pull ourselves toward new solutions, and bring other with us.


Content provided by Canisius College students under the direction of Michael Noonan, PhD.