Geologist Faces Suspension For Violating USGS Rules

At the same time a Canadian government chemist is appealing his dismissal over the nature of his criticism of a breast implant device (see story on page 7), a U.S. Geological Survey scientist in Menlo Park, Calif., who took a stand on a local environmental dispute faces a 28-day suspension. The geological survey says that geologist Howard Wilshire violated its guidelines by allowing an environmental activist to accompany him on a survey. The controversy began in February when Wilshire, a 30

Paul Raeburn
Sep 3, 1989

At the same time a Canadian government chemist is appealing his dismissal over the nature of his criticism of a breast implant device (see story on page 7), a U.S. Geological Survey scientist in Menlo Park, Calif., who took a stand on a local environmental dispute faces a 28-day suspension. The geological survey says that geologist Howard Wilshire violated its guidelines by allowing an environmental activist to accompany him on a survey.

The controversy began in February when Wilshire, a 30-year veteran of the USGS and well-knownin environmentalist circles as an authority on the effects of off-road vehicles, privately surveyed the Eldorado National Forest area in California between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, where the U.S. Forest Service has proposed to’ allow motorcycle use. He then wrote a letter to the agency detailing his objections to its plan. Worried about the Forest Service plans, he made the inspection on his own...

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