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    National Smokejumpers Association reunion brings up old memories

      Bob Sallee doesn't much like remembering that hot, chaotic, tragic August day in 1949, but he realizes he's the only one who can. At 75, Sallee is the last remaining survivor of the Mann Gulch fire in Montana, a conflagration that consumed the lives of 15 smokejumpers and a fire guard, a controversial event memorialized in Norman Maclean's 1992 book Young Men and Fire.

      "I don't like to (talk about it)," says Sallee. "But everyone says I'm part of history. So I guess I am. I guess this is kind of my job."

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  • In-house wisdom, or White House meddling?

    Forest Service insiders say the President's Council on Environmental Quality added new corporate rules to the agency's planning program
      The U.S. Forest Service has long been split by a deep-seated disagreement over how to break through the decades of gridlock that have resulted from environmental and industry lawsuits.
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