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Western Divide

Leaders, experts, and activists listed below came together at the Idaho Public Television studio in December, 2001 to debate western land issues.


Cecil Andrus can claim two unprecedented firsts in the history of public service in Idaho. He was the first person in the history of Idaho to be elected governor four different times (1970, 1974, 1986, 1990) and was the first Idahoan to serve in a presidential cabinet — as Secretary of the Interior in the Carter Administration. He continues to make a difference, through his Andrus Center for Public Policy.

Helen Chenoweth-Hage, known to her friends as the Iron Lady, served as Idaho's Congressman from the First District for three terms, 1. During that time she developed quite a following as a nationally recognized spokesperson for private property rights. She served as chairwoman of the forest and forest health subcommittee of the House Resources Committee, and in 1999 married Nevada rancher Wayne Hage.

Jack Ward Thomas served as Chief of the U.S. Forest Service from 1993 to 1996. Before that he was Chief Research Wildlife Biologist, one of only two research scientists in Forest Service history to attain grade 17. He is now the Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation in the School of Forestry at the University of Montana, Missoula. He is also known as the man who brought the term 'ecosystem management' into our vocabulary.

Gregg Cawley is the Head of the Political Science Department at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. He brings a keen eye to the issues surrounding our public lands, and has written two books with great titles — A Wolf in the Garden: The Land Rights Movement and the New Environmental Debate and Federal Land, Western Anger: The Sagebrush Rebellion and Environmental Politics.

Studio Guests

  • Bill Bachman, Professional Forester, Croman Corp.
  • Rep. Scott Bedke, Past President, Idaho Cattle Association; Idaho State Representative (District 27)
  • Bert Bowler, Idaho Rivers United
  • Andy Brunelle, US Forest Service
  • Wally Butler, Regional Manager, North Idaho and Rangeland Specialist, Idaho Farm Bureau
  • Dan Dagget, Environmentalist with EcoResults! and author of Beyond the Rangeland Conflict, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Katie Fite, Committee for Idaho's High Desert
  • John Freemuth, Professor, Political Science and Public Administration, Boise State University and Senior Fellow, Andrus Center for Public Policy
  • Craig Gehrke, Idaho Director, Wilderness Society
  • Tom Glass, Board Member, Blue Ribbon Coalition
  • CJ Hadley, Editor, Range Magazine, Carson City, NV
  • Brad Little, Idaho State Senator (District 8), Emmett sheep rancher, and Chairman, American Land and Resources Foundation
  • Laird Lucas, environmental attorney
  • Lou Lunte, Director of Conservation Programs, Nature Conservancy, Boise, ID Office
  • John McCarthy, Conservation Director, Idaho Conservation League, Boise, ID
  • Arlene Morris, trail and endurance rider, Blue Ribbon Coalition
  • Mark Pollot, property-rights attorney and author of Grand Theft and Petit Larceny
  • Dave Rittenhouse, Supervisor, Boise National Forest, USFS
  • Barry Rose, Bureau of Land Management
  • Roger Singer, Sierra Club
  • Ralph Smeed, Libertarian activist, Caldwell, ID
  • Tracy Trent, Idaho Fish & Game
  • Paul Turcke, Attorney with Moore Smith Buxton & Turcke, emphasizing public lands recreation law
  • Winston Wiggins, Director, Idaho Department of Lands, Boise, ID

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