Foreword by John Maclean Preface 1. The Old Forest Service Guard Station at MormonSnake River Canyon 2. No Beginning, No Ending, Only Eternal Turning 3. Hells CanyonJack's Cabin and the Old Grimes Place 4. A Three-Day Wilderness Getaway? It Can Be Done 5. Minam River in the Eagle Cap WildernessRed's Horse Ranch 6. New Pilgrims in the WildernessFast Learners Preferred 7. Does Wilderness Have the Power to Heal? Maybe 8. "The Promised Land Always Lies on the Other Side of a Wilderness" 9. Competition Even in the WildernessSharing the Bounty 10. If Not Grouse, We'll Settle for Brook Trout 11. Riding Out Front Is Different from Trailing Behind 12. "You Gotta Know What's Enough" 13. Green Pastures and Still Waters 14. Wilderness and a Summer of Discontent 15. The Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, Bill Brown's Pride 16. A Return to the Eagle CapNone Too Soon! 17. A Trip to the Wilderness with the Undersecretary of AgricultureA Chance to Say Thanks and Good-Bye 18. One Last Return to the Eagle Cap Wilderness Epilogue Map of Northeast Oregon Appendix National Forest Wilderness AreasA Try at Improved Management The Sixth National Wilderness Conference Publisher's Note Author's Acknowledgments
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.