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                      Booth Bear Bute
                                                             Booth and Bear Butte,  20 x 16"   Oil on board

Booth and Bear Butte illustrates a double fire that burned almost 30,000 acres in Oregon in August, 2005. Ironically, the fires started just as President George W. Bush was planning a visit to the region to discuss the need for logging in National Parks to reduce the danger of forest fires.  Many of the trees were dead due to an infestation of pine beatles.  Firelighters were hampered in their efforts to contain the blazes by trails choked with dead trees that were never removed.  The incidents at Booth and Bear Butte suggest that management of our natural resources may involve measures, such as selective logging, that are at odds with our ideas of preservation.