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Andrus among conservation giants

If there's a Mount Rushmore for conservationist, posts Rich Landers/SR Outdoors blog, then Cecil Andrus, the former governor of Idaho and Secretary of the Interior, deserves to be on it. Here, Rich writes about the book by Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicles on Andrus work preserving a huge chunk of Alaska from development:

When they carve the equivalent of Mount Rushmore for politicians who stuck their necks out for hunting, fishing, wildlife and conservation, Cecil Andrus deserves to be among the faces in the small crowd along with Teddy Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter. Andrus, 84, living in Boise, was Idaho’s governor in 1971-77 and 1987-95. He took a break from the Gem State in 1977-81 to serve as Interior secretary in the Carter Administration, where he orchestrated what, by some measures, is the greatest piece of conservation legislation in history. Alaska’s world-famous wildlife, salmon runs and expansive unblemished ecosystems are taken for granted by many sportsmen and adventurers. It’s easy to forget how ripe for development Alaska was in the 70s, with the deals revolving around the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. More here.

Question: Do you think this country has too much/not enough/just right wilderness acreage?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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