Four years after jumping out of the political frying pan, John Mumma has leaped into the fire.
former Northern Region forester for the Forest Service has been
hired as the new director of the embattled Colorado Division of
Wildlife. Mumma quit the Forest Service after 28 years rather than
accept reassignment to Washington, D.C., for resisting political
pressure to increase logging on national forests in Montana and
Idaho (HCN, 10/7/91).
"I'm excited about it,"
Mumma said from his home in Missoula, where he works as a natural
resources consultant. "It's going to be a big challenge." The
agency has come under fire from every constituency; a recent
244-page management review recommended a sweeping "redesign." The
division has 600 full-time, permanent employees and a $70 million
budget. Mumma begins work Jan. 1.
Review Final Report is available from the Colorado Division of
Wildlife, 303/297-1192.- David