Sue Vap Interview, January 11, 2014


Sue Vap


Clark Grant



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Sue Vap discusses her time in the University of Montana’s School of Forestry from 1968 to 1972. She talks about what it was like to be one of the few women in the school. She comments on the lack of gender equality at the time and how that affected her first few jobs with the U.S. Forest Service. Vap briefly describes her career in the Forest Service and her time as the Fire Director for the National Park Service at the Boise Inter-Agency Fire Center, from which she retired at the age of 55. She talks about the value of civil service, as well as her love for the outdoors. Vap also discusses the importance of fire to an ecosystem.


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Document Type

Oral History


Fire Management; Gender; College of Forestry and Conservation; University of Montana; Climate change

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 443-017

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (00:15:18 min.) digital + 1 transcript (5 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:15:18 minutes

Local Filename

OH_443_017.mp3; OH_443_017.pdf

Sue Vap Interview, January 11, 2014