J. Courtney White writes stories about land and people. For twenty years,he helped to create a radical center among ranchers, conservationists, agencies, and scientists to build economic and ecological resilience in western working landscapes. His nonfiction books focus on land-based solutions to food, water, and climate challenges. His most recent book is The Sun, a mystery novel set on a ranch in northern New Mexico. He lives in Santa Fe.
A former archaeologist and Sierra Club activist, Courtney White dropped out of the ‘conflict industry’ in 1997 to cofound the Quivira Coalition, nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to building a radical center among ranchers, conservationists, public land managers, scientists and others around practices that improve economic and ecological resilience in western working landscapes.
In 2005, Wendell Berry included Courtney’s essay The Working Wilderness inhis collection The Way of Ignorance. He is the author of Revolution on the Range (Island Press), Grass, Soil, Hope (Chelsea Green), The Age of Consequences (Counterpoint Press) and 2% Solutions for the Planet (Chelsea Green). He lives in Santa Fe with his family.