Ruckus In the Woods

Ex-fishing guide Michael Dombeck cuts a new path for the Forest Service

Most people see either the forest or the trees. Michael Dombeck sees logging roads and mining pits--and as head of the U.S. Forest Service, he's in a position to do something about them. Last week Dombeck called for a moratorium on new mining claims on hundreds of thousands of acres of Rocky Mountain forest, and this week he is expected to halt road building on millions more acres of federal land. "Our performance should be based on the long-term health of the land," Dombeck says, "rather than the number of board feet produced."

That may sound reasonable, but it represents a...

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