WWP looks for successor to Jon Marvel

Western Watersheds Project is looking for someone to succeed its sharp-tongued founder and executive director Jon Marvel.

I could not reach Marvel Monday so I don’t know why he has decided to step down at this time. But the group whose lawsuits have reshaped Idaho state grazing policies and forced tougher restrictions on ranchers who use federal forage, posted the executive director job Aug. 20.

The candidates must be able to manage a staff of 12, multiple field offices, raise money, and oversee legal efforts and move to Idaho. But most of all they have to have a “commitment to ending public lands livestock grazing.”

The person they choose will be “the public face of our organization,” the notice says.

Marvel made himself perhaps the most hated man in the ranching community, a role he once relished. But as his biting disdain of ranchers and cowboy culture started getting in the way of the organization, he and WWP sought to emphasize the many members and donors behind Marvel, not just him.

Western Watersheds Project was founded in 1993 and now has 1,400 members and with field offices in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona and California, according to its website. It had an annual budget of $1 million in 2009.

Randy Savage is dead/

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You fry wants with that?

Someone stronger

Lets hope they get someone stronger and better able to finally get welfare ranchers off public lands. That old mouse trap is dead, time to retire it.

Double Edge Sword

O.K. while we are kicking the ranchers off public land due to their shameful grazing...can we please kick all the welfare shoppers out of WINCO. At a minimum maybe we ought to insist they buy only staples as opposed to carts full of soda pop, donuts, ice cream and every pre-fab frozen food known to man. Better yet...give the money to the Idaho food bank and have them shop their...only after they put in the weekly hours required.

Double Edge Sword

O.K. while we are kicking the ranchers off public land due to their shameful grazing...can we please kick all the welfare shoppers out of WINCO. At a minimum maybe we ought to insist they buy only staples as opposed to carts full of soda pop, donuts, ice cream and every pre-fab frozen food known to man. Better yet...give the money to the Idaho food bank and have them shop their...only after they put in the weekly hours required.

You're making her breakfast for her. Don't pour the milk.

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You fry wants with that?

Not a Marvel?

sorry...got off topic a bit...Someone finally figured out that JM's Blaine County snob routine wouldn't take them very far. Holding Ranchers accountable for their use on public land is critical...kicking them off...is unrealistic. Demonizing the ranching and farming community is certain death...sans, Marvel. Just like any resource based economy we have to bring them into the modern era...killing them is just stupid. The NW lumber industry is the prime example of killing an industry outright rather than working with them to improve practices. The WWP would be smart to back someone who embraces working working with agriculture rather than picking a fight.

That's better. An opinion is actually voiced.

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You fry wants with that?

Thank you Jon Marvel

For your service to the Sagebrush Wilderness.

Why Marvel is disliked by certain people

Jon Marvel has nothing against ranchers per se, but he does against the livestock politicians who trap ranchers who want to retire, or those who do a good job managing the land, into the politicians' notion of a proper rural Idaho lifestyle.

His opponents are those ranchers who do a bad job,and put pressure on responsible ranchers (such as cutting their fences) who do a good job. Heads of livestock associations don't like him. These small time politicians like wearing a big belt buckle and big hats and strutting around, and they couldn't do that if forward thinking young ranchers left their organizations.

Then too, he has called high Idaho officials to account because they don't want to obey the law and they encourage bad stewardship of the land. They put pressure on the BLM and Forest Service to look the other way. These self important Idaho politicians more and more don't like anyone who calls them down. It is a one party state and nearly unchallenged power corrupts. They also don't like unfavorable articles by people in the media but do like and give access to those who bad mouth honest people like Marvel.

2009?

Up to date Rock!
This information is available if you just ask.

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Rock writes their "budget" was a $1 million ($1,114,790 to be exact) but they only brought in $691,249 for revenue.

A quick review:
For 2008 WWP had a negative $278,841
For 2009 WWP had a negative $423,541
For 2010 WWP had a negative $215,078
Looks like they don't have enough support for their 'budget'.

Marvel's salary for 2010 was $52,683.

Sounds like it would be better to be a lawyer for that outfit. But even rats leave a sinking ship.