Julie MacDonald's actions face House Natural Resources Committee probe today

Folks will recall that MacDonald was, until May 1, a high-ranking Interior Department political appointee who has been implicated in rewriting scientists’ reports about endangered species, changing their substantive content.

I think the whole point of her job was to make sure species didn’t get listed as threatened or endangered.

Legacy of Scientific Fraud Honed by Bush Administration. Julie MacDonald Scandal Symptomatic of Broad Pattern of Mendacity. By Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

. . . more. Bush official’s meddling could backfire, benefit prairie dog protection. By James W. Brosnan. Albuquerque Tribune.

. . . still more. [MacDonald’s] Resignation casts doubts on lynx, boreal toad rulings. By Bob Berwyn. The Aspen Times.

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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.

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