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By ABBY TABB
As federal budget cuts continue to
shrink environmental agencies, career
opportunities for natural resources
students look bleak for the next decade,
according to several professors in the
University's School of Natural Resour-
The Department of Agriculture, the
Forest Service, the National Park Ser-
vice, and the Department, of Natural
Resources all will feel the crunch of
President Reagan's fiscal policies.
The decline in federal funds "is going
to reduce the opportunity for jobs,"
said Prof. John Bassett of the School of
Natural Resources. The number of
government jobs available began to
decrease four years ago, Bassett said,
and since then the department has ad-
vised students to seek employment in
the private sector.
Land management and energy firms
such as Conoco hire resource policy and
management students to interpret
federal controls. Demand for such per-
sonnel, however, depends on how en-
vironment-conscious each firm is.
Spokesmen for Weyerhauser, a
multinational corporation involved in
forestry and lumber manufacture, said
they see a bright future 'for the in-
dustry. "Those parts of Reagan's
programs that are designed to increase
savings will put this part' of the industry
in better health than without the cuts,"
said Tom Ambrose, director of infor-
mation at Weyerhauser's Seattle office.
There has been no cut in the number
of jobs at Weyerhauser, according to
Ambrose. He said there has actually
been a drop in applications, but predic-
ts a rise when the economy improves.
In the Ann Arbor area, however, em-
ployment prospects for natural resour-
ces graduates are not so bright. The
Great Lakes Basin Commission, a
federally funded agency which will
close this year, in the past hired many
Other than the blow of losing the
Basin Commission, the University's
School of Natural Resources hasn't yet
felt any effects from Reagan's policy,
according to Bassett. Enrollment has
declined steadily since the peak of in-
terest in natural resources-from 1969
to 1973-but there has been no sudden
drop since the new cuts.
Most undergraduates in the school
said they are optimistic. "Jobs will be
there, .hopefully, when Reagan gets
out," said junior Jennifer Simon.
But graduate students currently
looking for jobs are discouraged by
immediate prospects. "I'm scared,"
said Barb Kieber. "But I hope that the
situation will improve."
Barb Nelson, a graduate who has
worked seasonally with the park ser-
vice, said full-time employment is
nearly impossible to find.
Both Marquis and Basset recommen-
ded additional degrees in business or
law. An MBA is "the clearest route to
the private sector (in forestry),"
The University's graduate program
in forestry is currently in the process of
See JOBS, Page 7
Compilied from Associated Press and
United Press International reportsk
Colombian hijackers flee
after releasing hostages
CALI, Colombia- Seven heavily armed leftist guerrillas let 74 hostages
leave a hijacked Colombian airliner yesterday, then boarded a small private
jet and took off for an unknown destination.
Some of the hostages were put into the executive-type jet, according to
Colombian army and civil aviation officials, and it was possible some
remained aboard when the getaway plane took off from Cali airport.
An army source said earlier the guerrillas agreed to free all their captives
except two in return for the small jet and safe passage out of the country.
, The army also gave the guerrillas flight maps for all of Central America
and the Caribbean, and there was speculation the hijackers might head to
Cuba,about 800 miles northeast of Cali, or about 90 minutes flying time.
U.S. official may join Haig
in Middle East peace talks
CAIRO, Egypt- Secretary of State Alexander Haig, plunging deeply into
the intricate details of the Middle East peace process, brought on stage
yesterday a U.S. official touted as an "expediter" for the snarled Palestinian
autonomy talks between Egypt and Israel.
In back-to-back trips to Jerusalem and Cairo-his second Middle East
shuttle in two weeks-Haig planted some specific ideas he hopes will narrow
the "many differences" in the, positions of the two countries and revivs
deadlocked autonomy negotiations on, the future tof the 1.3 million
Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank of the'Jordan River and Gaza
Haig made clear here and in Jerusalem that only a few formalities stand
in the way of-the appointnient of Richard Fairbanks, a lawyer and campaign
supporter of President Reagan,, as his special assistant to press for progress
in the autonomy talks.
Tax planned to computerize
air traffic control system,
WASHINGTON- The Reagan administration said yesterday it will seek
sharp increases in aviation taxes to pay for a $1-billion-a-year modernization
of the air traffic control system-a plan that envisions shifting many duties
from humans to computers.
The plan includes raising the tax on airline tickets from 5 percent to 8 per-
cent. Taxes on regular and jet fuels also would be boosted.
Congressional sources estimated the cost of the modernization at between
$8.3 billion and $10 billion. FAA Administrator J. Lynn Helms said "just un-
der $1.5 billion" a year is projected to be spent (uring the peak development
years of 1985 through 1987.
The modernization program, unveiled by Helms in a two-hour briefing for
industry representatives, calls for the purchase of new computers within the
next few years, new computer programs by 1988 and a variety of technology
by the mid-1990s to allow the FAA to handle an increlsing number of air-
craft, reduce manpower, and close scores of facilities.
Senate approves penalty
for-crimes against elderly
LANSING- People convicted of injuring a senior citizen or physically
handicapped person while committing a crime face a mandatory two-year
prison term under a bill passed by the Senate yesterday.
The measure was sent to the House on a 23-5 vote, even though the head of
the Senate Judiciary Committee expressed doubts about its con-
The few opponents of the'measure complained it was ineffective and un-
constitutional to single out a specific group for special protection.
Under the bill, those convicted of causing any kind of injury to a person
over age 60 or to a "visibly physically handicapped" individual would be hit
with an additional two year prison term on top of their'sentence for the crime
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