Archive for March, 2010

Forest Jobs and Recreation Act Info

March 11, 2010

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Guest Column: Tester Bill Threatens Wild Northern Rockies
By Stewart Brandborg

Stewart Brandborg, a fourth-generation Montanan, is a founding member of the Last Best Place Wildland Campaign. “Brandy” grew up in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, where his father served as the Supervisor of the Bitterroot National Forest from 1935 to 1955.  Brandy spent over a decade researching wildlife in the Bob Marshall, Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness areas and he was later
employed as a wildlife biologist with the Forest Service and state wildlife agencies in Montana and Idaho. From 1964 to 1976, Brandborg served as executive director of The Wilderness Society.   Brandborg played an instrumental roll in the passage of America’s Wilderness Act in 1964 and other landmark public land legislation, including groundwork for the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.

Guest Column: Gutting the US Forest Service is Not the Solution

By Bill Worf
Bill Worf was born in 1926 on a homestead in Eastern Montana and grew up on a ranch through the Great Depression. When World War II came along, Worf left high school to join the Marines. He fought in the battle of Iwo Jima.
Worf joined the Forest Service in 1950, becoming Supervisor of the Bridger National Forest in Wyoming. When the Wilderness Act passed in 1964, Worf was hand-picked to head the Forest Service’s national development of Regulations and Policy for implementation of the Wilderness Act. In 1969, he was assigned to the Regional Office in Missoula as Director for Wilderness, Recreation and Lands, a position he retired from in 1981. He lives in Missoula and is a founding member of the LBPWC.

Guest Column: Tester’s forest bill would damage wild places
By Howie Wolke

Howie Wolke owns and operates Big Wild Adventures with his wife Marilyn Olsen.   Howie is the most experienced backpacking guide in the Western U.S., leading over 500 multi-day treks since the 1970s. Howie is a well-known advocate for protecting wilderness and he has written two books on wildland conservation, including the Big Outside (co-authored with Dave Foreman), a historic inventory of America’s remaining big wilds. Howie has been a part-time instructor of Environmental Studies at Montana State University-Billings, where he designed the course “The American Wilderness.” He is also a former President of the national conservation group Wilderness Watch and now serves on the board of directors.