Jon Marvel, the acerbic founder and long time leader of the Western Watersheds Project, has announced that he is stepping down and did an exit interview video for the Ketchum Keystone.
Marvel, an architect by trade, has transformed the Idaho Department of Lands by forcing the Land Board to maximize its return on grazing land, and other assets in court. He also has successfully pushed ranchers on federal land to meet increasingly stringent rules for the protection of clean water and endangered species like salmon.
But he steps down with ranchers still are grazing on public land despite his best efforts to force them off the land. He has done well in court but not in the Idaho or larger Western political arena, which he acknowledges.