Will Ramsdell Interview, January 30, 2014


Will Ramsdell


Clark Grant



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Will Ramsdell describes how a personality test in high school helped spark an interest in a physically demanding work and how a chance encounter with a Missoula hippie led to his enrollment at the University of Montana. He discusses attending the university’s School of Forestry, from which he graduated with a degree in Forest Resource Management in 1984. Ramsdell talks about his experience conducting surveys and silviculture studies in Alaska for the U.S. Forest Service and how his time working in the Lubrecht Experimental Forest prepared him for that job. Ramsdell recalls becoming frustrated with bureaucracy while working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs which inspired a career change working for Equitable Life and Casualty Insurance Company. He advises current students to follow their passions.


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Document Type

Oral History


Alaska; Forest Resource Management; College of Forestry and Conservation; University of Montana

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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 443-019

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (00:14:40 min.) digital + 1 transcript (6 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:14:40 minutes

Local Filename

OH_443_019.mp3; OH_443_019.pdf

Will Ramsdell Interview, January 30, 2014