April 6, 1989 |
Cy Jamison, a House subcommittee aide and former assistant to James G. Watt, was nominated Wednesday to head the Bureau of Land Management, which manages 300 million acres of federal lands in the West and Alaska. Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr.
May 21, 1989 |
President Bush's nomination of Delos Cy Jamison, an aide to former Interior Secretary James G. Watt and an adviser to a ferociously anti-environmental member of Congress, as new chief of the Bureau of Land Management has dismayed environmentalists. They fear that Jamison, if approved by the Senate, will follow the line pursued the last eight years by current Director Robert F. Burford, a Colorado cattleman who is accused of starving the bureau's major environmental programs. Ranchers, meanwhile, praised the selection of the 39-year-old Montana native as a sign that the Bush Administration will advance Reagan-era policies that opened public lands to widespread private development.
August 18, 1988
Manassas Battlefield Park By a vote of 307 to 98, the House passed and sent to the Senate a bill (HR 4526) authorizing the federal government to acquire 542 privately owned acres next to Manassas National Battlefield Park at an unspecified cost. The Civil War's Second Battle of Manassas in 1862 occurred on and near the northern Virginia site, which will be developed as a shopping mall if not federally protected. Supporter Robert J. Mrazek (D-N.Y.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1989
The James Watt legacy lives on in spite of George Bush's campaign promise to put the very best people to work on his environmental agenda. Bush has made one outstanding appointment in William K. Reilly as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency. But his selections for other critical natural-resource jobs raise serious questions about the Administration's pledge to safeguard the nation's parks, wilderness and coastline. Two former aides to one-time Interior Secretary Watt have been chosen to positions overseeing 70% of the public lands.