Magazine

November 13, 1995

Feature

The end of certainty: Western universities learn there is more to forestry than chainsaws
Western forestry schools slowly begin to reflect the changes in modern forestry.
Two views of forest health at the University of Idaho: Are the forests sick or well?
University of Idaho scientists Art Partridge and Jay O'Laughlin bring opposite viewpoints to the question of forest health.
Northern Arizona U. looks back, moves forward
Researchers at Northern Arizona University, led by Wallace Covington and Margaret Moore, try to inject science into the public policy debates over logging.
Reformation in the Vatican of sawlog forestry: History takes Oregon State for a ride
Oregon State University rejects its one-time advocacy of unsustainable forestry practices and begins to teach new forestry.
The ax falls at the University of Washington
The University of Washington's innovative environmental institute and other new forestry programs are clearcut by a conservative dean.
A new breed of academic at Colorado State
Colorado State University professor Rick Knight pushes hard for change and enjoys the backing of a supportive administration.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Bear in Paonia, research fund, addendum.

News

Clinton says: Stop logging
President Clinton says the salvage rider to the rescissions bill he signed in July has opened up the wrong forests to logging.
Guy Pence leaves Nevada
The Forest Service reassigns District Ranger Guy Pence to Boise, Idaho, following two bombings in Carson City, Nev.
The anecdotal war on endangered species is running out of steam
Republican "horror stories" about the Endangered Species Act may be backfiring, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the media begin a belated debunking of them.
Idaho's new crop: nuclear hot potatoes
The Shoshone-Bannock and environmentalists protest the train shipment of high-level nuclear wastes bound for the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory.
Round and round and round it goes, where it stops...
Problems plague all the Western sites under consideration for nuclear waste burial.

Book Reviews

Rural reality check
"Measuring Change in Rural Communities" by economist Ray Rasker is a workbook to help changing communities understand themselves.
Writers for Utah wilderness
"Testimony," a collection of essays and poems by 20 Western writers, hopes to influence legislators to save Utah wilderness.
Environmental Activism 101
The Environmental Organizing Semester will train both activists and scholars.
Defending the desert
"Defending the Desert: Conserving Biodiversity on BLM Lands in the Southwest" by the Environmental Defense Fund is reviewed.
Untangling Washington
Congressional Green Sheets' "The Environment and Energy Weekly Bulletin" is reviewed.
Helping hand isn't
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation advises against feeding wildlife in winter.
The Snake runs through it
"Snake: The River Between Us" conference is planned for Boise.
Yearning for balance
A survey by the Merck Family Fund shows that Americans want to simplify their lives but don't know how.
Preserving open spaces
Colorado Open Lands works to preserve undeveloped land in the states.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Nike ads, MTV in Utah, toll attendants on Navajo lands, French tourists in Utah, DIA woes, cows in suburbia, freon in Arizona.

Related Stories

Environmental paradigm spurs collaborative research
Faced with federal budget cuts, forestry schools learn to fund research through other sources and to collaborate with other scientists.
Anything you say about a whole forest is wrong
The University of Idaho's Art Partridge believes that the forest health crisis is a fraud.
Critics say an Idaho think tank could be more scholarly
Jay O'Laughlin, director of the University of Idaho's Policy Analysis Group, denies the charges of industry bias leveled against his group.
Silencing science at UW: one researcher's story
Aquatic biologist Steve Ralph recalls how he directed a new stream-research program for the University of Washington - until timber industry scientists objected and the project was cancelled.
The butterfly and the golf course; and the widow's story
Two examples from "Facts About the Endangered Species Act" describe both the "horror story" allegations and the actual facts found by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.