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Planning in the American West

I am hot-wired to the American West. I was born and raised in the Deep South, but I have always been a Westerner. As a boy, the beginning of my Saturday was watching Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes. My favorite movie or TV genre has always been the Western.

It was only natural I would move to the West. I began reading Montana magazine in college and fell in love with the state from afar.

I love the open spaces, the mountains, the rivers, the colorful history and the weather.

I became a planner after a few false starts at other professions. It suits my attachment to the land and my concern for the land.

I relish the differences of the planning profession out in the Interior West: the water scarcity, the vast expanses of public lands, the influence of agriculture and natural resource extraction, and the growing suburbanization of the West.

Things are different here, but we planners in the West face the most of the same issues planners elsewhere face. We are differently the same.

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