“If you took a side profile of Randy, he looks just like a bison. And you could see it, maybe if you squint your eyes a little bit…but he’s definitely become part of the face of the Wood Bison Restoration Project.”
A couple of months ago, I sat down with Luke and Teal Rogers. I encouraged them to share this story with me which is but one of many they have in their back pocket and certainly not one you’d expect to hear from a couple of late-generation millennials. Teal, already a small business owner before she had turned 23, runs Golden Heart Performing arts and works part-time as the Events Coordinator for REI. Luke, an experienced rafter and solid all-around recreationalist, navigates a full undergraduate course load while conducting wildlife biology research and guiding for Outdoor Adventures at UAF. Their love for adventure and the outdoors was instilled in them by their father, Randy Rogers, who passed away in 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer and unfortunately was never able to see the release of the Wood Bison he had been working so hard to reintroduce to the state. The story they shared with me was about how they carry their father with them and the love that he had for the wilderness and wildlife of Alaska.