Chuck Sheley Interview

Interviewee

Chuck Sheley

Interviewer

Susan Ellen Green

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Description

Chuck Sheley compares his eight years (1959-1966) smokejumping from Cave Junction, Oregon, with his four years (1966-1970) jumping from McGrath and Fairbanks, Alaska. He describes how a small base like Cave Junction promotes a tight sense of camaraderie unlike larger bases. Sheley discusses how differences in terrain and climate impact in different regions of the United States impact regular smokejumper activities such as firefighting, let downs, and packouts. He also compares the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), particularly the differences in their bureaucracies and finances.

Type

Oral History

Subjects

Smokejumpers West (United States) Biography; Smokejumping West (United States) History; Smokejumpers Training of; Smokejumping Administration

Original Date

10-1-1984

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

Original Collection

Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights

Copyright to this collection is held by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use of this item. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH_133_096

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (91 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (33 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

91 minutes

Local Filename

oh133_096.mp3; OH133-96.pdf

Chuck Sheley Interview
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