Jack Ward Thomas

Jack Ward Thomas

The Journals of A Forest Service Chief

Book - 2004
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"Jack Ward Thomas, an eminent wildlife biologist and U.S. Forest Service career scientist, was drafted in the late 1980s to head teams of scientists to develop strategies for managing the habitat of the northern spotted owl. That assignment led to his selection as Forest Service chief during the early years of the Clinton administration. It is history's good fortune that Thomas kept journals of this thoughts and daily experiences, and that he is a writer able to capture the moment with clarity and grace."
"The issues Thomas dealt with in office and noted in his journals lie at the heart of recent Forest Service policy and controversy, starting with President Clinton's Timber Summit in Portland, Oregon, dealing with the spotted owl issue, and the 1994 loss of fourteen firefighters in the Storm King Mountain fire in Colorado. Against a constant backdrop of partisan politics in the White House and Congress, Thomas discusses issues ranging from grazing in the national forests and long-term pulp timber sales in Alaska to the New World Mine near Yellowstone National Park.
He considers the timber salvage rider and its linkage to forest health, the Department of Justice and Counsel on Environmental Quality influence on Forest Service policies, and interagency management for the Columbia River Basin." "Woven throughout these excerpts from his diary is Thomas's conviction that the effective, ethical management of wildlife depends on how the management effort is situated within the broader human context, with all its intransigence and unpredictability."--Jacket.
Publisher: Durham, N.C. : Forest History Society ; Seattle : in association with University of Washington Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780295983981
Branch Call Number: 634.9092 T458j 2004
Characteristics: 417 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Steen, Harold K.


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