Homer Wilkes, not what conservationists hoped for-

We ran this news earlier, but now David Frey at New West has a comprehensive article on the nomination.

HOMER WHO? Obama Stuns with Forest Service Nominee. “With little forest credentials, is Wilkes the right man to oversee the Forest Service?” By David Frey. New West.

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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 President of the Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to Obama Stuns with Forest Service Nominee

  1. avatar matt bullard says:

    Of course we are coming off a particularly active period in which the old Undersecretary (Mark Rey) played a high profile in setting Forest Service policy. Technically, the Forest Service is headed up by the (supposedly) non-political Chief of the Forest Service, who has traditionally been a career Forest Service employee. It will be interesting to see how the dynamics between the professionals in agency and the political appointments shake out. I know very little about the current Chief, who was appointed in 2007 and is I think from Montana.

  2. avatar Wolfy says:

    Chief Kimbell is a career bureaucrat. She has done more in the last two years to dismantle the forest service than any other chief. She was found liable in the civil case against her for retaliating and harassing employees of the Bighorn National Forest. For her fervent work there, she got a slot in the Washington office. She then replaced Dale Bosworth when he didn’t want to play Bush’s or Rey’s (a timber lobbiest) games.

    Wilkes has his hands full with Kimbell. She is no one to turn your back on. Wilkes comes from NRCS; an agency that placates and pays off farmers to NOT cultivate parts or all of their property. We’ll see if Wilkes can rein-in Kimbell and her devious ways. Or whether he will even encourage her and her minions to further turn the forest service into the Girl Scouts. Time will tell. Personally, I think we’re screwed.

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