Lands of Meat and Oil: Conservation, Resource Management, and America’s National Grasslands


  • Todd D. Fagin,

    1. Todd D. Fagin is an instructor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Oklahoma Biological Survey at the University of Oklahoma. His recent research has focused on historical vegetation mapping techniques, the vegetation of Oklahoma, and GIS education. Todd can be contacted at
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  • Thomas A. Wikle

    1. Thomas A. Wikle is Professor of Geography and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University. His recent research has examined communication systems including the expansion of cellular telephone and introduction of low power FM radio. The author can be reached at
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America’s National Grasslands face conflicting mandates to support grazing, mineral production, recreation, wildlife habitat and wind energy initiatives.