"We came out of the Western public lands conservation movement, so naturally we would have a Western public lands personality," Roselle says. "We had more in common with the loggers and ranchers than we did with the Sierra Club people who had come out from San Francisco or Washington."
Hence his politics -- he doesn't care who's in office, as long as they respect the environment -- and his diet; he calls himself an "opportunivore," meaning he'll eat whatever is available.
He's tried to take office jobs, squeezing into Greenpeace and Ralph Nader's organization, but it never lasts. Today's atmosphere is hostile to the Buckaroos. They're too hard-drinking, too intolerant of administrative process. Too fun.
"A historical perspective is frequently kind to the reputation of radicals," writes Dr. Roderick Nash, author of the seminal work "Wilderness and the American Mind," in the introduction to "Tree Spiker." "The men who dumped a million dollars' worth of tea into the Boston Harbor on the night of December 16, 1773, were reviled as hooligans."