A cowboy riding freely across federal lands. Many of the lands that were once used by cowboys are now under public speculation because of the debate between federal and state controlled lands. (Creative Commons)

Segerstrom: In the land of the cowboy

A cowboy riding the range is the icon of American western folklore. Freedom, open skies and a cattle drive are the images and imaginings of manifest destiny. While cattle still dominate the landscapes in some western areas, the cowboy is a dying breed. Younger generations think of the west as …