John Mumma takes another helm

  • John Mumma

    Cameron Lewis
  Four years after jumping out of the political frying pan, John Mumma has leaped into the fire.

The 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.

The Management Review Final Report is available from the Colorado Division of Wildlife, 303/297-1192.- David Hatcher

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