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May 25, 2001
Yellowstone Chief Out
As Future of 1st National Park in Doubt!
By Amy Williams
VALLEY -- The former Yosemite NPS Superintendent, George Finley,
is leaving his current job at Yellowstone, and quiting the National
Park Service for good.
The departing superintendent of Yellowstone
National Park says he believes the future of the nationís first
national park is in serious danger.
Encroaching development, exotic species,
severe funding shortages and swelling visitor numbers all threaten
Yellowstone, Michael Finley told reporters in Livingston, Montana
Finley spoke frankly as he said "I
think the public should know this park is at severe risk.Unless
something occurs to mitigate that risk, weíre going to have a diminished
Yellowstone in the future." Finley introduced dramatic changes
at Yellowstone that brough unwelcomed attention to him and the NPS.
One innovation her introduced was the reintroduction of timber
wolves .; Another was the bann on snowmobiles.
The Bush White House recently announced
that the snowmobile ban in Yellowstone is being reconsidered. Finley
said, "I've tried to make decisions that will withstand the
test of time. Yellowstone should be here for your grandchildren."
"At some point, you just canít keep
dumping thousands of people into the park.The parkís mission is
not to sell more motel rooms in an adjacent community or more rubber
tomahawks!" he concluded.
to the Editor
April 23, 2001
New Forest Service Chief
For Pacific SW Near Clovis!
By Chris West, American Forest Resource Council
-- Dale Bosworth was appointed the fifteenth Chief of the Forest
Service. Dale is a career Forest Service employee with 35 years
He has been Deputy Regional Forester, Pacific
Southwest Region near Fresno, Calif. Bosworth was raised in Northern
California where his father worked for the Forest Service.
He also has a son who is a forester on
the Black Hills National Forest. Dale's current assignment
in Region 1 is in an area that has been hit with forest health
and wildfire problems in recent years.
With this background and knowledge of western
and Midwest forest issues he brings a good understanding of the
problems facing him as Chief.
to the Editor
Framework Appealed [04/21/01]
YOSEMITE - This week, a coalition of natural resource, recreation and
forestry groups filed an administrative appeal of the Sierra Nevada
Forest Plan (Framework) which was signed by Regional Forester Brad
Powell on January 12.
Bosworth Named Nat. Forest Service Chief
SEQUOIA -- Dale Bosworth was appointed the fifteenth Chief of the Forest
Service. Dale is a career Forest Service employee with 35 years of
Yosemite's Silent Spring [03/01/96]
YOSEMITE - This past year the wilderness in and around Yosemite National
Park was strangely silent. Gone are the croaking ...
the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow
into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own
freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will
drop off like autumn leaves."
-- John Muir, 1901