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Ranching Damage in Pine Creek Basin
(South Warner Wilderness, CA)
grew up on a ranch near
then served in the
World War II
before matriculating at the
University of Montana.
Upon earning his BS degree in forestry/range in 1950, Mr. Worf began a 31-year career with the
US Forest Service,
assuming positions of district ranger on the Ashley NF
staff officer at the
in Ogden, staff officer on the Fishlake NF (Utah), and supervisor of the
In 1965, Mr. Worf was assigned to head the agency’s development of policy for implementing the
1964 Wilderness Act.
Subsequently, he served as director for wilderness, recreation, and lands at the
In 1989, Mr. Worf co-founded
Wilderness Watch—the only national environmental organization dedicated to encouraging the government to better care for existing wilderness.
Mr. Worf received the
Keith Corrigall Wilderness Stewardship Award
in 2003 from the International Journal of Wilderness in recognition of a lifetime of achievement in wilderness protection and stewardship.
In this video, Bill Worf describes environmental damage caused by livestock grazing at Pine Creek Basin in California’s
South Warner Wilderness
And he explains how rural social pressure on Forest Service employees can induce them to approve livestock management that favors ranchers, while causing such environment damage.
Recorded in August 2004. This video is an excerpt from Bill Worf’s interview in
Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching