August 28, 1988

Dear Mr. Maser,

I attended your lecture at the [University of Oregon] in Eugene on May 3, 1988. I had been wanting to hear you speak for a couple of years, as I assumed (correctly) that your knowledge could enhance my understanding of the forest ecosystem. However, I had no idea that your message encompassed human relations as well. It was not until reading the What's Happening interview that I glimpsed the scope of your teachings.

I have been a spare-time environmental activist for several years. . . . Your name has come up often, but always as a biologist or forester and never as a person who offers fresh insight into how we might attain our goals. This omission on the part of my peers is revealing to me, as it illustrates how limited our movement has become regarding our range of strategies to correct the imbalances in the system. In fact. perhaps we are not even that interested in balance or harmony, but more attached to "winning."

I honor your position of not taking "sides" in the forest-management controversy. I am aware of resentment directed toward you for being "middle of the road." That is not at all how I perceive your message, and I despair to see the "leaders" of the environmental movement so caught up in their agendas that they refuse to accept guidance when it is so clearly presented—and so clearly necessary.

Thank you for having the guts to challenge that dominant paradigm within the conservation community.


S. DeFazio