Restoring the Pitchfork Ranch with A.T. Cole

Sunday, March 24, 2024 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Join regional author A. Thomas Cole on Sunday, March 24th at 4:00pm for a reading, Q&A, and signing of his new book, Restoring the Pitchfork Ranch: How Healing a Southwest Oasis Holds Promise for Our Endangered Land. The reading will be accompanied by a short video on the Pitchfork Ranch restoration.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is not required, but it is encouraged. Please RSVP here.


Restoring the Pitchfork Ranch tells the story of a decades-long habitat restoration project in southwestern New Mexico. Ranch-owner A. Thomas Cole explains what inspired him and Lucinda to turn their retirement into years dedicated to hard work and renewal. The book shares the past and present history of a special ranch south of Silver City, which is home to a rare type of regional wetland, a carbon-capturing sweet spot, a fragile desert grassland ecosystem, archaeological sites, and a critical wildlife corridor in a drought-stricken landscape.

A. Thomas Cole spent 32 years as a small-town lawyer in Casa Grande, Ariz.—in which A.T. Cole successfully defended a dozen murder cases, two of which risked the death penalty, and co-counseled in the largest personal injury jury verdict, as of 2005, in Arizona history. For his so-called “retirement,” Cole and his wife Lucinda have been rehabilitating a ranch in southwestern New Mexico, where they focus on protecting wildlife and wildlife habitats, wetland restoration and carbon sequestration. Their aim is to draw down their carbon use and to encourage others to do the same. Cole formally chaired the Arizona Humanities Council and served on the Casa Grande City Council. "Restoring the Pitchfork Ranch" is Cole’s first book.

Event address: 
18 N. San Francisco St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-5230
Restoring the Pitchfork Ranch: How Healing a Southwest Oasis Holds Promise for Our Endangered Land By A. Thomas Cole Cover Image
ISBN: 9780816552801
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Arizona Press - March 5th, 2024