Arnold W. Bolle Interview, January 7, 1991


Arnold W. Bolle


Matt Thomas



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Arnold Bolle talks about his career as a forestry researcher, and describes the beginning of the movement to legally designate wilderness areas. He explains how the Wilderness Act changed the way the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management [BLM], and U.S. National Park Service managed their lands, and elaborates on his various roles in the creation of public policy relating to forests. Bolle explains his philosophy on cultivating positive dialogue and relationships with private land owners and how to be a strong, democratic leader within an organization.


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Document Type

Oral History


Wilderness Act (1964); Arnold Bolle; University of Montana, Missoula; Max Baucus, Montana; Lee Metcalf, Montana; Pat Williams, Montana; Wilderness Society, The; Timber harvesting; Forestry, Montana; U.S. Forest Service; U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM); U.S. National Park Service; Clearcutting; Forestry techniques; Wilderness areas, Montana; Bob Marshall Wilderness Area; Great Bear Wilderness Area; Scapegoat Wilderness Area; Blackfoot River

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Arnold Bolle Interviews Oral History Project, OH 252, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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

Oral History Number

OH 252-001, 002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:20:14 minutes

Local Filename

OH_252_001_002.mp3; OH_252_001_002.pdf

Arnold W. Bolle Interview, January 7, 1991