James Edward Mills

James Edward Mills is smiling in a red shirt and a brimmed adventure hat with desert mountains in the background

Like many good stories, this one begins with a revelation.

It was 2009. Madison journalist James Edward Mills had a new podcast, and he’d landed the celebrated documentary filmmaker Ken Burns as a guest. Burns spoke about his latest film, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” mentioning the role of an all-Black military unit known as the Buffalo Soldiers in the creation of both Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks.

Mills book cover

“The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors” by James Edward Mills

Columnist and Contributing Writer

Doug Moe is Madison Magazine's award-winning columnist, long-time contributing writer and former editor. He writes Madison Magazine's monthly print column and semi-weekly award-winning blog, both called Doug Moe's Madison. He has also written numerous critically-acclaimed nonfiction books and thousands of newspaper columns and magazine articles over the past 40 years.