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High Country News December 13, 1993

Jack Ward Thomas: Hail to the chief


Hail to the Chief

A profile of Jack Ward Thomas, new chief of the Forest Service.

Ranger prods and and pulls her district in a new direction

Kamas District Ranger Melissa Blackwell represents a new direction for the National Forest Service.

Agency inches toward diversity

District Ranger Melissa Blackwell cites her career as proof that the Forest Service is dropping gender barriers and shifting priorities.

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Faux deer draws faux hunters near Vail

The Colorado Division of Wildlife catches outlaw hunters with Robodeer.

J'accuse in Oregon

The Hells Canyon Preservation Council claims the Forest Service is guilty of desecrating petroglyphs by building roads to Pittsburg Landing.

Logging firms sour the West for trees

Boise Cascade and the Louisiana-Pacific lumber companies export timber from Dixie National Forest to the chagrin of local companies.

Congress halts MRS grants

Department of Energy limits MRS grants to counties or Indian tribes which agree to accept high-level nuclear waste.

Maybe another wolf

Biologists can't confirm if a video shot in Hayden Valley of Yellowstone shows an endangered gray wolf.

Jobs flow to WIPP

The Department of Energy announces it will add 68 jobs to the $8 billion Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.

Salvage sales assailed

Several groups sue the Forest Service to block salvage timber sales in Idaho.

Groups say rich ranchers get free ride

Environmental groups charge that BLM land is overgrazed by cattle owned by Hewlett-Packard electronics moguls.

The return of Tom Horn?

The Tom Horn Society claims responsibility for the bombing of a BLM office in Reno.

Clearcuts and the Clearwater

The Sierra Club and the Idaho Wilderness Society agree to a Forest Service plan to cut 80 million board-feet in Idaho.

How many are there?

The House of Represenatives passes a bill to launch the National Biological Survey.

Mining reform moves closer

The House of Represenatives passes a bill to reform the 1872 Mining Law.

Wanderlust West

Record numbers of Germans are touring the west.

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The Air Force wants to designate much of Idaho's Owyhee County as the Big Springs Training Range.

Look Ma, no trees

Tree Free EcoPaper sells paper products made wihout wood.

Montana's disappearing wetlands

The Montana Audubon Council releases a study showing the Clean Water Act is vital to the state's wetlands.

Let the market help

Defenders of Wildlife publishes a report, "Economic Incentives into the Endangered Species Act.'

Put her at the top

The Women Climbers Northwest group releases its 1994 calendar.

Salmon symposium

The University of Washington holds a seminar entitled "Pacific Salmon and their Ecosystems.'

Wetlands at a distance

The managers of Telluride Ski Resort reach a settlement with the EPA in a suit over the largest wetland violation in Colorado history.

Wilderness poets lookout

The Utah Wilderness Association sponsors its 9th annual wilderness poetry competition.


The road to affluence

An essay on the changing nature of affluence in today's economy.

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