We lived in Gallup, New Mexico at the time where I helped with the management of a public radio station. We just had the outbreak of the hantavirus and the CDC was all over the place and so were reporters. Our little volunteer run radio station was hosting reporters from NPR. In addition, as a family, we also had connections back on the east coast and could live in both worlds and read east coast naturalists (McPhee and Hoagland) who visited the west with their personal biases as well. So, in 1993 I was invited to give a talk on this intersection of natural resources, literature, and the " East Coast" attitude towards the western culture at a conference in Colorado Springs and this resulted in my article.
But it is not unique to the ranching community, or the west. There are times when I briefly talk about evolution or about climate change in my classes and there are always one or two persons who accuse me of spouting my "liberal bias." I have learned to get a thick skin and to go on. As I mentioned before, hopefully it will rub off on one or two in every class I teach.