“Ralph and Darla have never forgotten the dustbowl lessons of how fragile this land is. Before Ralph took over ranch operations from his father, wildlife had been scarce for the previous sixty years, killed off by homesteaders and unstable environmental practices. Now whitetail deer, birds, wild pigs, and other creatures native to this Oklahoma region flourish where the Chains have taken the time to create specific habitats for them on the ranch. ‘My goal is to put this country back together the way God made it,’ Ralph says. His cell phone interrupts our conversation. I scribble some notes and smile to myself at the ring tone that announces a call on this rancher’s phone – a rooster crowing!
– Jim Keen, Great Ranches of the West Author & Photographer
This beautiful award-winning 12×11 fine art, hard bound, coffee table book featuring over 30 ranches in 17 states with nearly 600 photographs will make a wonderful addition to any home or office, and be a showing of your support for America’s struggling farm and ranch families.