WHAT WENT WRONG: A 34-year veteran of the agency, Jim Furnish found himself persona non grata from the day George W. Bush took office. Despite solid conservative credentials--Furnish even voted for Bush in 2000--the deputy chief was tarred by having been brought to Washington by former president Bill Clinton's Forest Service chief, Mike Dombeck, and by overseeing development of the "roadless rule" to protect wilderness areas. Furnish found himself frozen out of policy discussions. On three occasions, when invited to testify before Congress, his testimony was canceled without explanation at the last minute.

THE HEAVY: Former Forest Service chief Dale Bosworth.

THE PRICE: Furnish resigned in 2002. He now consults on forestry issues with the Wilderness Society and the Forest Stewardship Council.