Bill Schneider asks if Mark Rey, Undersecretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources & Environment (he rules over the Forest Service, and the chief forester has no choice but to be his lackey) is the member of government hardest on public lands now that Richard Pombo, ex-chair of the House Resources Committee, was put out to pasture by his constituents. Pombo is now a lobbyist.
Mark Rey does Bush’s dirty work on our National Forests. By Bill Schneider. New West.

Related, March 1. An Open Letter to all Americans who wish to Contribute to keeping America’s Public Lands Administered by the Forest Service … Wild and Undeveloped.

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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.

One Response to Mark Rey, Public Lands Enemy No. 1?

  1. kt says:

    From Lynn Scarlett at Interior to Mark Rey to now Gail Kimbell – they are all pure evil.

    Mark Rey was pivotal in bringing us the Bush Healthy Forests garbage and destruction, including “Stewardship Contracting” Logging on Forest and BLM lands, that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is now to be conducting.


    provides a 2003 perspective on one of Rey’s favorite things. Here is the now-departed to spend more time with the Energy Industry Ms. Norton:

    “A newly plowed backroad for the industry’s bulldozer is now “one of the greatest tools open to us,” according to Secretary Norton. “The public-private partnership — stewardship contracting.”


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