Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 26, 1976 · Page 11
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Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho · Page 11

Nampa, Idaho
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Thursday, February 26, 1976
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76-year-old environmentalist- now the world's catching up ELY. Mfnn. ( U P I i - At 76 Sigurd Olson enjoys Ihe sunsets and the moon, keeps standing up or the things he believes in and thinks there's a great deal of hope for planet earth. Olson - teacher, geologist, wilderness writer and guide was an ecologist before most people knew Ihe meaning of the word. He fought against the encroachment of roads in the 2i)s snd dams thai wuuld have reduced lakes lo -stagnant backwaters. He also fought successfully for a i r - s p a c e r e s - trictions in the Quelico-Superior rorest in northeastern Minnesota and Canada in the 1940s. Some of the people in his part of the s l a t e - a t one lime he was dean of Ely Junior College disagreed with he was doing lU'sorlers accused him u( taking bread oul of (heir moulhs. businessmen saw him as a threat to the economy. The opposition has mellowed rum 1 and the counir; appears te have caught up with Olson's views. "Since E a r t h Day was held in 1070 people have begun to understand w h a t the word ecology means." Olson said in an in- t e r v i e w . " A t l c r dial en- v i r o n m e n t a l groups mush- .roomed just like a f t e r a rain." Through his writings Olson is continuing his own battle for more beauty, less destruction and man's oneness w i t h nature. He's working on a new book. "Refleclions." which he expects to be published next fall. He writes every day. He also gels oul into the woods - biking, snowshoemg. canoeing, depending on the season -- and he still chops wood. He just got through w r i t i n g an i n t r o d u c t i o n lo promote the preservation of a mini-wilderness area within Ihe Dululh cily limits. These mini-wildernesses are important, especially now when such a large share'of the population lives in cities, he said. He had words of praise for people in Minneapolis. St. Louis. O t t a w a a n d M o n t r e a l f o r beautifying their cities. He also had words of hope for the future. ''I think there is hope." he said. "I look al the young people -- (hey're going to inherit .llw earth you know. They're looking SICl'HI) OLSON. 7B. leacliiT. tirulngisl, wilderness writer and guide, was an cculugist hcforr inns! nrunlr knew the meaning of Ilir at life in a different w a . They're looking for work t h a t has more meaning, for rewards t h a t arc not necessarily material." Olson, who is married and has two sons of his awn, said thousands of people h a v e written him. And many young people come lo.his home in Ely word, lie keeps standing up for the tilings he lirlicvi's in and [hints there's a great deal of linpe fur planet earth. ( U P I Photo) "I'm very happy to see they are concerned." he said. Olson, a c u t e l y aware of national and international deve- lupmcnls in ecology, said there are both bad and good signs, He considers strip mining and C ° pcnlng Up ° f mv ore fields serious threats lo the environ. But he's encouraged by llf-rnta-s^li^sld! 1,000 iles of its shoreline, by Delaware's refusal lo let the petrochemical industry build plants along the slate's coastline. || c doesn't believe there ever was such a thing as the golden age, but one might come when m n n "Cognizes m's closeness lo nature he's w demanding," be said 'Back to the drawing board' The Idaho Kree I'ress * The News-Tribune. Thursday. February 26.1»76 - II Audubon blasts refuge controls NKVV YORK --The National Audiibonsociety has released a highly critical review of a draft environmental statement prepaid by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Service on its administration of the National Wildlife Hefuge system "The Service either fails to comprehend the damage clone to wildlife resources by overgrazing on the refuges, or else is trying to gloss over and obscure a major kind of mismanagement Dial we suspect may not be entirely its fault." said Charles H. Callison, the society's cxecutive'vice president. "We suspect political prcssuies have forced the refufe managers to accept more and more cattle on the wildlife lands." In recenl years Audubon spokesmen have repcaledlv urged the administration and Congress to provide more adequate funding and staffing for the National Wildlife Itefuge system, made up now of 368 separate areas totaling 32 million acres. In a format request to the Fish and Wildlife Service last spring, the Audubon Society asked for an environmental impact statement on the effect of the grazing permit program, asserting such a statement was required under provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act. The service, a department of the Interior agency, said it would prepare an overall impact statement on all aspects of refuge management, and it was on this statement the socielv lias now filed its comments. The society made it clear it does not oppose all livestock- grazing, now permitted on more than a million acres of retuge lands, but contends that overgrazing in the long run decreases the food-producing capacity of the soil as well as depleting wildlife. "Heading the [)ES gives one the uneasy feeling thai the service lias forgotten the reason for which the National \\ ildhfe Kcfuges were established. Their primary purpose is to protect and maintain the nation's wildlife resources not to produce bay, beef, and fossil fuels, or to provide 'public campgrounds and picnic areas," Callison said. The Audubon comments, in large part aimed at grazing policies, included the following specifics: - During the period from 19-12 to 1950, grazing and having on the J. Clark Salver Refuge in North Dakota was increased from K,m to 20.8:io acres; during the same period the number of greater prairie chickens there decreased from Fishery symposium slated for March 5 Fishing seasons E D I N B U R G H , S c o t l a n d ( U P I -- The Scottish Sports council advises Ibat spring and fall are the best fishing seasons -- "and anyone who can lake a holiday in Scotland in April, May. September. October and November is almost certain lo have good sport on loch and river." Florida is Ihe nation's largest orange producing state. PORTLAND - Governor Dan K v a n s of Washington w i l l k e y n o t e a Symposium on Columbia Uivcr Salmon and -Sleellicad lo be held in Van couver. Wash., on March 5 and 6. at the Inn al the (Juay. The symposium, sponsored bv Ibe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Trout Unlimited and the National Marine Fisheries Service, will focus on problems in fishery management on the Columbia River. Panels will cover topics like the status of Columbia River salmon and steelhead rims, fish passage problems and solutions, w i l d fisheries, the role of hatcheries. cnviron'iiYe'rilar " c o n c e r n s , compensation 'for fishery resource damages, rind the socio-economic values of the recreational fishery. The symposium will start al 9 a.m. March 5. in the Expo Hall of Ihe Inn al (he (Juay. The keynote address by Evans will begin al J:I5. Sessions cm both days will lie from 0 a.m. In 5:30 p.m. Two special dinner sessions will also be held. On Friday night, a speaker panel made up of John .MrKean, director. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; JoeGreenley. director. Idaho Fish and Game Depart- m e n t ; Donald Moos, director. Washington D e p a r t m e n t of Fisheries; and Ralph Larson, director. Washington Department of Game, will present their views on the Columbia River fishery. The moderalor will he Herb L u n d y . editorial page edilor of the Orcgonian. On Saturday night, a closing banquet will feature Nathaniel I'. Heed, assistant secretary of (he interior for fish, wildlife and p a r k s : Lynn G r e c n w a l i . director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife .Service; Dill Luch, president of Trout Unlimited: and Robert Scboening. director. National M a r i n e Fisheries Service. The moderator will he Frank L. Cassidy of the Washington Game Commission. The cost for registration and dinner tickets is S15. To register, mail a check made out to "Columbia liiver Salmon and Sleellicad Symposium" lo John Sayre. public affairs officer U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service P.O. Rox 3737, Portland. Ore! 97208. All persons wanting lo intend must register before February 27. IT H A S A COI.U .trnl blustery day last Sim- il.u Inn r.: m a r k s m e n turned out In try their luck ii! Hie neves! type of sport shouting, silhouette shnotijij,'. The goal was to knock ilrmn images of chickens, pigs, turkeys and sliccri set up at far distances from (lie shooting line. RH;is of four men each toed the mark from I p.m. (ill ilusk at Hie \;mi|i;i Hurt uiul Tiini ('lull r;nifie. Staff I'iioln) Gusfs and far paces stymie marksmen NAMPA -- Despite blustery winds and freezing temperatures, southwest Idaho's first silhouette shooting lourntmonl last Sunday was a great success, according to sponsors of Ihe event. One p.m. found scores of cars and trucks lining the ,-rea around Nampa Hod and Gun Club's shooting range, with 55 people signed up to try Iheir skill and numerous others just standing about watching and shouting encouragement. Shooters registered from all over Ihe valley, including a contingent from the Ec-de-how Club, a Boise muv.zle-loadcrs group, which also loaned some of the targets needed for (lie match. Thirty-three shooters finished with at least one downed target lo [heir credit. Lionel Lowe took lop marks, downing sixoul Ihe 20animal silhouettes possible. In second, will) four hits, were Howard Massey, Carol Massey. Merlon Hong, Hick Prejeas. Ron Sharp. Ted Pickering, Doug Hunch aad ,iim Craft. Four olhcr shooters managed lo knock down three targets; eight hit twn; and 1C hit just one. These hits were recorded through gusts of wind and from distances of 200 meters for the chickens: MO meters for Ihe pigs; 3B.i melcrs for Ihe lurkeys: and 500 melers for Ihe sheep (Ihe shapes are only slightly discernible to a sharp eye at (hat distance). With the high response lo Ihe firsl match, another shoot has been scheduled for March 21. beginning al lOa.m. Officials al Nampa Hod and fiun Club say Ibal there will be more targets Ihe next time, lo allow for a more rapid filing order. NAFZIGER'S M,\'K MK.\"S WEAR MMPA-CALDWELL DOVOUREtLUWkNTTO LIVE DANGEROUSLY? There ore Mo/or differences be/ween the way Mr. Brake's Trained Specialists service your car and that of the typical repair shop. COME IN FOR A FREE! 15 MINUTE BRAKE SAFETY CHECK AND BE SURE! .DISC BRAKES DRUM BRAKES MR. 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