Magazine
After the fall

May 8, 2000

RBM Lumber in Columbia Falls, Mont., is a small, family-owned mill that is a pioneer in a brand new kind of timber economy, one that would restore rather than deplete forests and create low-volume, high-value wood products in a sustainable way.

Feature

After the fall
RBM Lumber in Columbia Falls, Mont., is a small, family-owned mill that is a pioneer in a brand new kind of timber economy, one that would restore rather than deplete forests and create low-volume, high-value wood products in a sustainable way.

Sidebar

Change is coming
The Idaho Conservation League's John McCarthy talks about the tremendous changes coming to the Northern Rockies forests.
'We don't need a revolution'
Teresa Catlin, an ecologist and forest consultant, says that her community forestry project is coming together because locals want much the same thing.
'We still have the opportunity to practice wild forestry'
Hunter, naturalist, writer and logger Bob Love talks about practicing wild forestry.
'The emphasis is on what's best for the land'
Forest Service veteran and now chairman at a collaborative forestry group, Tom Kovalicky, describes his enthusiasm for his forest stewardship projects.
'It shouldn't be all or nothing'
Evenlyn Thompson of RBM Lumber talks about working for sustainable forestry.
'Specialists in diversity'
RBM Lumber is not your typical forest products firm, but others could learn a lot from it.

Editor's Note

A new day
Now that the big timber companies are abandoning the Northern Rockies, the region must decide what to do with millions of acres of cut-over land.

Essays

Restoring our future
The writer, who works for the Forest Service, is optimistic about the possibility of restoring forests and sustaining logging communities.
Why I ride the bus
The writer describes the wonderful, fascinating, unique people one can encounter if one gets out of the automobile and shares the bus with others.

Book Reviews

Beauty and Solitude
Red Rock Mesa, an artists' community, will offer studio space and cabins for all kinds of artists who wish to spend time near Zion National Park in Utah.
Montana's anti-Indian movement multiplies
A report from the Montana Human Rights Network says anti-Indian groups are on the rise in Montana.
Bart: Still a trooper
Bart, the famous acting grizzly, is the spokesbear for Colorado State University's Animal Cancer Center's new research facility, following the bear's own recent brush with cancer.
Take a load off
The BLM says that burros are better than llamas, goats or horses in the backcountry, and is encouraging people to adopt wild burros from Arizona and train them.
Conference on Tailings and Mine Waste
Colorado State University, Department of Engineering, seeks one-page abstracts for next January's Conference on Tailings and Mine Waste.
Connecting Our Land and Cultures
The National Park Service and Department of Interior are sponsoring a conference to help land managers on the Colorado Plateau in July.
Forest Service Volunteer Program
Volunteers are being sought by the Forest Service for the Rocky Mountain region.
Green and steel - together at last
Environmentalists and Steelworkers Union members have formed the Alliance for Sustainable Jobs and the Environment to fight unsavory corporate practices.
Look at that big plant!
Some fertilizer sold in Washington since 1998 contained uranium and other nuclear wastes.
Logging doesn't cut it
The video "Ancient Forests: The Power of Place" is designed to educate people to the harm done by logging in the Northwest's old-growth forests.
A bear of a plan
If all works out, grizzly bears may be reintroduced into the Northern Rockies' Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area in as little as a year.
Telluride's MountainFilm
The Telluride MountainFilm Festival, set for Memorial Day weekend, celebrates the outdoors in a compelling variety of ways through filmmaking.
We can do it ourselves
"Living on the Earth" by Alicia Bay Laurel, a counterculture handbook for back-to-the-landers, is back in print 30 years after it first appeared.
Indian Country Today's Pow Wow 2000
A guide of schedules of Native American pow wows across the nation is offered through Indian Country Today.
30-minute documentary, "Voice of the Centenarian: Hazel Wolf'
Lifelong social and environmental activist Hazel Wolf is honored in a 30-minute documentary, "Voice of the Centenarian: Hazel Wolf."
Lovers of land and culture
The 17th Sitka Symposium lets writers and scientists explore the relationships between religious traditions, sacred stories and scientific facts, June 15-21 in Sitka, Alaska.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Sweaters for penguins; potbellied pig turned to pork; Audubon member enraged at ATV ads in magazines; crashing a Mormon church in Wyo.; disguised cellular phone towers; Canadians don't want to share bears; toilet-to-tap water; anti-gun rally.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Spring visitors; Tom Kenworthy visits; HCN staff transitions; bragging about our interns.

News

Wanted: experienced firefighters
With the summer shaping up to be a hot one for fires, especially in the Southwest, the Forest Service is worried about finding enough money, firefighters and also avoiding the problems that contributed to the deaths of 14 firefighters in 1994.
The Clark Fork unplugged
The EPA wants to remove a dam on Montana's Clark Fork River that had been holding back contaminated mine tailings from Butte and Anaconda, and have the waste cleaned up.
Western weather waffles
A look at this last winter in the West shows snow in the Northwest and Sierra Nevada, variable weather in the Rockies, and what looks like the beginning of a long, hot, dry summer in the Southwest.
The Wayward West
Pres. Clinton's new nat'l monument in CA's Sequoia Nat'l Forest; snowmobiles not welcome in most nat'l parks; Yellowstone N.P. can cash in on "bioprospecting" microbes; Clinton vetoes bill to send nuclear waste to Yucca Mtn., Nev.; Mexican spotted owls.
The burning season begins again
Faced with what appear to be increased cancers in their communities, neighbors are beginning to question the way the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, Calif., disposes of unsafe weapons by burning and exploding them, perhaps releasing toxins into the air.
Baca Ranch buy-out has strings attached
The deals made to get support from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-NM, for buying the Valles Caldera or Baca Ranch in northern New Mexico have some conservationists troubled that too much will be lost in the process.
Corps catches criticism
Critics in Congress, the media and citizens' groups are calling for reforms and more accountability from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Crater doesn't come cheap
Conservationists will need to come up with $3 million to buy a 247-acre caldera near Flagstaff, Ariz., called Dry Lake, from the developer whose plans for the site were stalled by them.
Former uranium town wants its waste back
Residents of Nucla and Naturita in Western Colorado want to take uranium waste from near Denver and bury it in the former uranium company town of Uravan, but other Western Slope communities are fiercely opposed to the idea.
Will bears get a break?
As ATV and snowmobile use increases in the backcountry, Montana wildlife advocates are worried that the machines and the roads they make will harm grizzly bears.

Related Stories

A growing movement in green
Green-labeling for forest products is becoming more common throughout the country, but not all green labels are created equal.

Letters

High Country News Classifieds
  • FRIENDS OF CEDAR MESA DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    Friends of Cedar Mesa is hiring a Development Director who will have the overall responsibilities of leading our fundraising programs and reports directly to our...
  • WATER RIGHTS/ADJUDICATION BUREAU CHIEF
    Job Overview: Working to support and implement the Department's mission to help ensure that Montana's land and water resources provide benefits for present and future...
  • CLIMATE CHANGE COORDINATOR
    The Greater Yellowstone Coalition is seeking a Climate Change Coordinator to play a lead role in shaping our programs to make the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Executive Director Position Announcement POSITION TITLE: Executive Director ORGANIZATION: Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument REPORTING TO: Board of Directors EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Part-time - Full-time, based...
  • HEALTHY CITIES PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    The Healthy Cities Program Director leads and manages the Healthy Cities Program for the Arizona Chapter and is responsible for developing and implementing innovative, high...
  • CONSERVATION PROGRAM MANAGER
    Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP) Conservation Programs Manager Job Opening Our Mission: Honoring the past and safeguarding the future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through...
  • ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
    Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP) Associate Director Job Posting Our Mission: Honoring the past and safeguarding the future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through science,...
  • UNIQUE, ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOME ON ACREAGE NEAR MOSCOW, IDAHO
    Custom-built energy-efficient 3000 sqft two-story 3BR home, 900 sqft 1 BR accessory cottage above 2-car garage and large shop. Large horse barn. $1,200,000. See online...
  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURE BUSINESS FOR SALE
    Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures (MOLA) - established and profitable outdoor adventure & education business in Missoula, Montana. Summer camp, raft & climb guide, teen travel,...
  • OJO SARCO FARM/HOME
    A wonderful country setting for a farm/work 1350s.f. frame home plus 1000 studio/workshop. 5 acres w fruit trees, an irrigation well, pasture and a small...
  • STEWARDSHIP COORDINATOR
    Join Skagit Land Trust (the Trust), a not-for-profit conservation organization based in Mount Vernon, Washington, and help protect land for people and wildlife. Skagit Land...
  • 2022 SEASONAL SCIENCE EDUCATOR
    The Mount St. Helens Institute Science Educator supports our science education and rental programs including day and overnight programs for youth ages 6-18, their families...
  • POLICY DIRECTOR
    Heart of the Rockies Initiative is seeking a Policy Director to lead and define policy efforts to advance our mission to keep working lands and...
  • CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
    Self-Help Enterprises seeks an experienced and strategic CFO
  • CONSERVATION SPECIALIST - LAND PROTECTION FOCUS
    View full job description and how to apply at
  • RIVER EDUCATOR & GUIDE
    River Educator & Guide River Educator & Guide (Trip Leader) Non-exempt, Seasonal Position: Full-time OR part-time (early April through October; may be flexible with start/end...
  • LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION DIRECTOR
    The Land and Water Conservation Director is a full-time salaried position with the Mountain Area Land Trust in Evergreen, CO. The successful candidate will have...
  • FOOD SYSTEMS ENVIRONMENTAL FELLOWSHIP
    If you were to design a sustainable society from the ground up, it would look nothing like the contemporary United States. But what would it...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT) is seeking an Executive Director who will lead RiGHT toward a future of continued high conservation impact, organizational...
  • COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
    Help protect Montana's water quality, family farms and ranches, & unique quality of life. Work hard, meet good people, make the world a better place!...