New Forest Service chief gets rough treatment in Congress. By Matthew Daly, Associated Press.


Hopefully the new Congress will finally rein in the land management agencies which have become increasing lawless during the Bush Administration. The new commitee chairman, however, is a supporter of cutting more timber, and he played an unsavory role in the flap over the Oregon State University’s graduate student’s article in Science Magazine showing the ill effects of  post-forest fire salvage logging on forest regeneration.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

2 Responses to New congress gives new Forest Service chief a grilling in committee hearing.

  1. kt says:

    So on one hand, Rep. Norm Dicks, Democrat – Washington is calling it awful, and then later in the article he calls the proposal to increase taxpayere funding for cutting trees in Oregon Washington and California a good thing.

    Is this what the Democrats really want out of the Bush Forest Service? More old growth PNW trees cut? Here is a map of his district … if I’m reading it right, including the Olympic Peninsula.

  2. Dicks’ conservation deficits are well known, but he is just one Democrat, and the new majority party is investigating an agency that is out of control and has had no congressional oversight for six years.

    The minority party can’t initiate congressional hearings. You should focus on the fact of the hearings, not Norm Dicks, IMO


February 2007


‎"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