TITLE: SHOWDOWN AT OPAL CREEK
AUTHOR: DAVID SEIDEMAN
PUBLISHER: CARROLL & GRAF; 419 PAGES; $22.95
THE BOTTOM LINE: A sensitive, fascinating look at an Oregon logging town and an endangered stand of big timber nearby.
The spotted owl was never really the issue, despite bumper stickers that squawked I LIKE SPOTTED OWLS -- FRIED and SAVE AN OWL, EDUCATE A LOGGER. But, as David Seideman points out in this thoughtful portrait of an Oregon logging town struggling with the severe decline of its only industry, the U.S. does not have an "Endangered Ecosystem Act." So, to save the last scraps of...