The New Colonialism. Our Forest Legacy. The Flathead Beacon. The Plum Creek matter is a growing issue. Here is another article.

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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.

7 Responses to More on Plum Creek timber: The New Colonialism. Our Forest Legacy

  1. avatar Roy says:

    You’re starting to catch on Ralph, what Senator Max Baucus, DEMOCRAT from Montana is all about!

  2. Roy,

    You’ve come to this forum with some assumptions. I never said I was an enthusiast for Senator Baucus.

  3. avatar Scott says:

    “Colonialism – outside interests running Montana for their benefit, which often is not Montana’s benefit. ”

    Does the author really believe that TNC & TPL are colonialists doing this for their own benefit? I have confidence in these two organizations to act responsibly with lots of local input.

    The perfect is frequently the enemy of the good. What alternative does the author have for the 300,000 acres?

    And ROY, you seem to bless this transaction in another thread, when you said you agreed Melanie Parker’s article in the Missoulian (essentially lauding the deal).

  4. avatar Roy says:


    I said I like that 320,000 acres in Montana have been conserved for future timber production, hunting, and hiking. I also said that I have issues with how it was funded in the farm bill.

    Now, let’s talk about the ethanol subsidies that Barrack Obama, DEMOCRAT from Illinios has landed for his state……..

  5. avatar Scott says:


    Forgive me if I am dense, but why is it bad that Baucus included a funding mechanism to acquire the Plum Creek lands?
    I agree that the Farm Bill and Ag. policy generally are a mess (and a mass of subsidies).

    Ralph Maughan got it so right in another thread. The quality of a new president is manifest in his (or her) political appointees….especially with public lands management.

  6. avatar TPageCO says:

    It’s funny that Skinner suggests that the land should have been purchased by the state and transferred to the State Land Board or the State Forest. Has he visited any of these lands lately? They are managed worse than most of the federal land, which is saying something.

  7. avatar AJ says:

    Skinner always suggests that states seem to have the best resources to manage these lands. I don’t know what planet he’s on but it isn’t the scorching Earth!!

    and yeah he’s funny….


July 2008


‎"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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