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The timber wars evolve into a divisive attempt at peace

September 29, 1997

The Quincy Library Group's controversial forest plan comes out of a long struggle for consensus, and many environmentalists worry that the plan and its passage into law will set a dangerous precedent.

Feature

The timber wars evolve into a divisive attempt at peace
The Quincy Library Group's controversial forest plan comes out of a long struggle for consensus, and many environmentalists worry that the plan and its passage into law will set a dangerous precedent.

Sidebar

We may be seeing the devolution of the environmental movement
In his own words, Undersecretary of Agriculture Jim Lyons discusses the Quincy Library Group and its larger meaning for the country as a whole.
The stress was very heavy
In her own words, Rose Comstock of California Women in Timber discusses how she overcame her reservations to try to work with the Quincy Library Group.
My experience with the Quincy group wasn't positive
In her own words, environmentalist Erin Noel discusses her negative experience with the Quincy Library Group.
I was always welcomed there
In her own words, environmentalist Terry Terhaar discusses her positive experience with the Quincy Library Group.
We're much stronger together
In his own words, environmental attorney and Quincy Library Group member Michael Jackson discusses the group.

Book Reviews

Just in time for the budget requests
The Government Accounting Office issues a report saying the Forest Service costs taxpayers millions of dollars by its inability to make timely decisions and its "indifference toward accountability."
Chemicals aren't the only answer
The Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides celebrates 20 years of activism with an anniversary conference.
It's a big bird
Eleven California condors released earlier in northern Arizona can be seen cruising the skies now over Grand Canyon and as far away as Moab, Utah.
Keeping rural American rural
A revised edition of "Saving America's Countryside: A Guide to Rural Conservation" shows how local action can stave off urbanization.
Just charge it
The Tucson Electric Power Company opens eight free charge-up stations in Tucson for electric cars.
The Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee
The Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee is getting together Oct. 7 and 8 in Jackson, Wyo., to discuss air quality.
Call to the Desert
Call to the Desert is a conference that will cover "hot" topics at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, Oct. 10-13.
Western Colorado Congress
Western Colorado Congress holds its 17th annual meeting in Grand Junction, Colo., on Oct. 11.
Managing Colorado Watersheds for Riparian and Wetland Values
Colorado Riparian Association's Oct. 14-16 conference will be held in Montrose, Colo., "Managing Colorado Watersheds for Riparian and Wetland Values."
National Recreation and Access Summit "97
The National Recreation and Access Summit "97 will be held in Boulder, Colo., Nov. 7-8.
Glen Canyon Institute
The third annual conference of the Glen Canyon Institute is being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 8-9.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Welcome, hunters; Steve Howke's wedding; cow-chip bingo; cows not home on range; ravens collect golf balls.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
The gardener's payoff; new fall interns Jason "Andy" Lenderman and Sara Phillips; late-summer visitors; T.A. Barron receives Wilderness Society award; farewell, Paria Skip (Rodney Schipper).

News

How a foe saved the Quincy Library Group's bacon
A columnist takes a critical look behind the hoopla surrounding the Quincy Library Group at what has really been accomplished.
'Greens' bulldoze a conservation effort
Three self-described environmentalists anger residents of Springdale, Utah, when they decide to develop the nearby Rockville Bench area rather than preserve it.
The Wayward West
Animal Damage Control changes name to Wildlife Services; Richard Riordan; Jeff DeBonis leaves PEER, Jeff Ruch takes his place; People For the West and grizzlies; Zakkare Garrett.
Microbes for sale here
Yellowstone Park officials sign a contract that formally opens the park's hot springs to "bioprospecting," allowing the San Diego company, Diversa Corp., to collect samples of hot-water microbes called thermophiles.
Park may get trashy neighbor
Park officials and environmentalists protest a proposed landfill at Eagle Mountain, Calif., right next to Joshua Tree National Park.
A town with a desert heart
The town of Tortolita, Ariz., in the middle of lush, privately owned Sonoran desert, incorporates to protect its landscape from developers.
The drilling proceeds
The BLM gives Conoco Inc. permission to drill for oil in southern Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Farmland wins a round
The Oregon Supreme Court upholds the state's right to enforce strict rules against the non-agricultural development of high-value farmland.
Trees refuse to croak
Forest Service officials admit that 10,000 acres of supposedly "dead" trees offered for salvage logging on Idaho's Payette National Forest weren't dead after all.
Vandals didn't silence the past
Vandals destroy computer disks containing Indian language archives in Oregon's Warm Springs Indian Reservation, but with help from many volunteers much of the irreplaceable material is retrieved.
A cleanup project can't get going
What was supposed to be a pioneering clean-up by a private company of radioactive waste at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory bogs down amid cost overruns and failed deadlines.

Opinion

Excerpts from a New West dictionary
A parody of a dictionary offers a humorous take on some of the buzzwords in the West.

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