Rich McCrea Interview, January 1, 2014


Rich McCrea


Clark Grant



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Rich McCrea talks about the influence his father’s interest in the natural world had on his decision to study forestry. He also discusses his time at the University of Montana, from which he graduated in 1975. He describes the trajectory of his career, which evolved from working as a part-time seasonal employee with the U.S. Forest Service to working in forestry and wildland fire for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 32 years. McCrea discusses working part-time as a wildland fire consultant after retiring in 2009. He also discusses the change in the Forest Service’s emphasis on logging to a conservation-based model.

Document Type

Oral History


College of Forestry and Conservation; University of Montana; Wildland Fire; Bureau of Indian Affairs; Logging

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

College of Forestry and Conservation Centennial Oral History Project, OH 443, 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 443-015

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (00:12:18 min.) digital + 1 transcript (4 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:12:18 minutes

Local Filename

OH_443_015.mp3; OH_443_015.pdf

Rich McCrea Interview, January 1, 2014