Environment: Team Player

In the year since he took over the Interior Department from Wally Hickel, who was ousted in a storm of controversy, Rogers C.B. Morton has tried to maintain a certain tone of orderly peace and quiet. "I'm not looking for headlines," he says. But headlines inevitably pursue a man who controls Interior's vast responsibilities, which range from cattle-grazing rights to offshore oil drilling to unrest among the Indians.

This month Morton took two important steps:

— First he had to deal with the distribution of federally held territory in Alaska. Morton decided to set...

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