Magazine article American Forests

Green Underwear

Magazine article American Forests

Green Underwear

Article excerpt

Like the main character in his new novel, U.S. Forest Service retiree Stan Tixier ascribes to the policy of "green underwear." After a long and distinguished career, Tier has turned to cowboy poetry, writing, and Missouri foxtrotters. Green Underwear: The Life and Times of a U.S. Forest Ranger is his latest effort.

The book is as much a primer on public land management and the politics that guide it as it is a novel about mythical District Ranger Larry Weaver and the "green underwear" principles that guide him through a range of conflicting issues.

Anyone who has worked on the national forests will attest to the authenticity of Ranger Weaver's work and interactions between the Forest Service and its partners and clients. Those who have no such experiences will gain unusually accurate insight into the tugging and pulling that eventually results in Forest Service decisions and direction. Having lived nearly every event recounted in the book, Tixier has left nothing out.

Just as in real life, Ranger Weaver's life is wound inseparably to his work, staff, cooperators, the public, and his family. …

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