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Author Thomas, Jack Ward, author

Title Jack Ward Thomas : the journals of a Forest Service chief / edited by Harold K. Steen
Published Durham, N.C. : Forest History Society : in association with University of Washington Press, [2004]
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Description 1 online resource (417 pages) : illustrations
Summary "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
Notes Includes index
Print version record
Subject Thomas, Jack Ward -- Diaries.
United States. Forest Service -- History -- 20th century.
United States. Forest Service -- Officials and employees -- Diaries.
Biologists -- United States -- Diaries.
Genre/Form Tagebuch
Form Electronic book
Author Steen, Harold K., editor
ISBN 0295803460 (electronic bk.)
9780295803463 (electronic bk.)