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.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!