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Arizona Ecologist Puts Stamp on Forest Restoration Debate

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Science  27 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5590, pp. 2194-2196
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5590.2194

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FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA-- To prevent catastrophic fires, controversial forest ecologist Wally Covington argues that massive cutting is needed, an idea that is being promoted by President George W. in his plan, now before Congress. Some researchers and environmentalists, however, are uncomfortable with Covington's approach to forest restoration. Still, even critics applaud Covington for bringing the plight of the southwestern forests to national attention.