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Published in GREAT PLAINS QUARTERLY 12:3 (Summer 1992). Copyright © 1992 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


The nineteenth century was a time of environmental contrasts: vast expanses of virgin wilderness were unexplored, and yet lands and the animals inhabiting them were in danger of extinction. As revealed by Sharp and Sullivan, Lewis Lindsay Dyche was a man who helped to shape the preservation of our natural heritage. If not for the perseverance and foresight of scientists such as Dyche, the only remnants of our wilderness would be those that stand lifeless in museums.