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Who Am I?

Well for one thing, enough of a philosopher to question whether this question can ever really be answered, much less in a couple of paragraphs.

As Queenellen of Queenellen Enterprises, I take the field of public lands interpretation into cyberspace. I'll tell you the best thing about virtual tourists: no one ever tries to tip over the portapotty or shoot bullets in the signs! The only thing that makes me happier than coming up with new ways to translate the public lands experience into digital media is actually being out on the public lands.

In 2004, I graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a shiny new Master's in Instructional Technology, with emphasis on cultural resources management and interpretation. Of course, the more I learn about the brave new world of instructional technologies, the more possibilities for research & study appear. How could a game be structured to help public lands visitors and managers? How could we deliver interpretation via wireless technologies for those long car-bound family vacations? Are RPGs the future of historical interpretation?

Personally, I value two things above all else in this world: public lands and my family. Fortunately, they're not mutually exclusive. Keeping tabs on what's happening with our public lands is a pretty consuming activity, and regular inspection tours are crucial. As a parent, it thrills me to see what a natural match kids and public lands are, although I have heard occasional mutiny in the ranks after the 100th windy, sun-blasted mesa top, or when we have to hop around too many cowflops to get out of our tent.

So that's me.

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Where Did I Come From?

I come from a family who has preserved a small inholding in Grand Teton National Park. The Park shaped my consciousness from an early age. My great-grandfather had helped negotiate the expansion of the National Forest in to a park (and lobbied for the National Elk Refuge), and my grandfather had battled the Feds over it until his dying day. Although the memories of when the government tried to drive our family off our land still rankle among the older generation, the truth of the matter is, old JR Jones was right: Jackson Hole is fit for nothing better than tourism, and public lands conservation is the only way to keep the tourists coming with their tourist dollars. So I'm grateful to my great-grandfather, and I'm grateful for my grandfather too, because it is very nice to have a home in the middle of the park.

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