This was just posted to the blog Demarcated Landscapes. It tells us a lot more about new Forest Service chief Kimbell than the stories in the newspapers.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

6 Responses to Post to Demarcated Landscapes details new Forest Service chief an ideal Bush Adminstration clone

  1. avatar Robert Hoskins says:

    Well, at least we’ll have no illusions about where the Forest Service is going over the next two years. Once more into the breach, dear friends.

  2. avatar kt says:

    ONLY in Idaho, where some conservationists seem to be becoming more and more complicit with the Bush Admin and hard-core Repubs, would you see something like this:

    Her experience as regional forester over North Idaho will be good for the state, said Jonathan Oppenheimer, who works on forest issues for the Idaho Conservation League.

    “In general, we think she’s a good choice for the position,” Oppenheimer said.

    What can they possibly be thinking?

  3. avatar Robert Hoskins says:

    It appears that the Idaho Conservation League has joined what I call the “conservation industry.”

    The primary activity of the conservation industry is politics, not conservation. The political strategy of the conservation industry is brown nosing at all level, including the highest levels.

    At all costs, the conservation industry avoids the grass roots.

    Another name for this approach is “collaborate and capitulate.”

    This is one reason why conservation is collapsing in this country.

  4. avatar Alan Gregory says:

    Somehow I doubt whether Ms. Kimbell will come anywhere near the standing that the late Molly Beattie (director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1993-1996) had among conservationists.

  5. avatar JimBob says:

    I truly thank you Richard for this splendid article. I also would warn you to watch out! I really believe now that the Bushies are so prevalent that we all could be in trouble for expressing views that are contrary to what they want. SCARY STUFF!!



‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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