Nation: Whose Woods These Are

He prides himself on being a political maverick in the mold of his hero, the late Senator Wayne Morse. But Democratic Congressman James Weaver, 53, has always kept in step with one part of his southwestern Oregon constituency: the liberal college town of Eugene (pop. 103,500). In three terms, he has built a reputation as a friend of the environment, having sponsored the 1978 Endangered American Wilderness Act, which increased the acreage of protected lands like the 168,000-acre Kalmiopsis area east of Eugene. He is a foe of nuclear power and of the use of herbicides in the Northwest's evergreen forests.

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