The ‘space & place’ of Bull Creek

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “It is an incalculable added pleasure to any one’s sum of happiness if he or she grows to know, even slightly and imperfectly, how to read and enjoy the wonder-book of nature.”

Longtime local conservationists Bob Kipfer and Loring Bullard have written such a “wonder-book of nature” about their relationship with a treasure of an Ozarks watershed, Bull Creek.

For this old geography minor, Saving Bull Creek is exactly what my professors used to talk about when they mentioned “space and place” in lectures.

Bob and Loring not only discuss the natural resources of Bull Creek, which eventually flows into Lake Taneycomo, but also the many human interactions with the watershed over the centuries, including their own personal ones.

Loring Bullard’s famed blue canoe on Bull Creek. 

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