The other day we were moving cattle to the Owyhee high country. Spring rains have turned the hills into a green that resembles the velvety moss gracing deer antlers. The rugged canyon rocks jut out in severe angles reminiscent of the harshness and sometimes unforgiving nature of this country.
After the cattle have been branded and vetted the buckaroos and cowboys move the cattle across swollen streams and up to higher country. The horses pick their way through rock strewn prairie and up steep slopes—and another phase of ranching begins.
So does the Idaho Buckaroo Project. For those of you who have been following this blog, you know that the mission of this project is to promote understanding and preserve the buckaroo way of life. I refuse to see it vanish.
This week is historic. The Idaho Statesman is running a story on the project and the Idaho Press Tribune is also doing an excellent job of coverage. Please read these stories and give me feedback. And please, let everyone you know understand the importance of protecting the men, women, and children—families—of the buckaroo and cowboy heritage. They are the people make a living with cattle and horses, through long, harsh winters, turbulent spring storms, and the intense sun of the high desert.
Please let these buckaroos and cowboys know that what they do is needed in our landscape and help by following the Buckaroo Project for new updates and events.