Foreword by Char Miller ix Preface xii 1. A Foundation is Set: Handley, Texas, 1939-1956 3 2. New" Can Be a Very Scary Thing: Texas Game Department, 1957-1966 30 3. A Long Way from Texas: West Virginia and Maine, 1966-1973 121 4. A New Paradigm, Ecosystem Management: La Grande, Oregon, 1973-1993 152 5. A Chance to Make a Difference: Washington, D.C., 1993-1996 212 6. A Time to Teach and to Reflect: Montana, 1997-2005 287 Epilogue 321 Publisher's Notes 323 Author's Acknowledgments 325
A child of the Dust Bowl era who became a sportsman, biologist, and leader in conservation, Jack Ward Thomas has devoted his life and career to the outdoors. His professional service included the dustiest trenches as well as the highest offices of natural resource managementculminating with his 1993 appointment as the thirteenth chief of the U.S. Forest Service. His personal adventures spanned hunting rabbits for Mom's skillet to leading pack strings up into the high lonesome" of western wildernesses. A Texas native, Thomas earned progressive degrees from Texas A&M, West Virginia, and Massachusetts universities. He spent twenty years in forest, range, and wildlife research in Oregon, becoming increasingly involved in natural resource sciences and politics in the years leading to his tenure as Forest Service chief. Thomas later became Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Montana, a position endowed by Boone and Crockett Club, before retiring in 2007.