This is a collection of stand-alone interviews pulled together by Archives and Special Collections around the topics of logging, forestry, the timber products industry, land use, the environment, and conservation in Montana. These interviews were conducted from the 1970s up to 2010. The original interviews are held at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 14 interviews.
Arnold Bolle explains the value of the Rattlesnake Valley in Missoula, Montana, not only as a recreational area, but a useful resource for information and scientific research. He provides background on how the Friends of the Rattlesnake and other Missoula residents worked with Montana Power ... Read More
Arthur Johnson recalls his time spent as a lookout during the summer of 1931, working for the U.S. Forest Service in the Slate Creek Ranger District on the St. Joe National Forest in northern Idaho. Johnson talks about packing in his rations, and the make-shift ... Read More
Donald Grant MacKenzie
Donald MacKenzie gives a short speech to members of the Walford Senior Center in Missoula, Montana, about his days as a logger. MacKenzie talks about working for the Big Blackfoot Milling Company and the Anaconda Copper Mining Company during the 1910s and 1920s. He describes ... Read More
Donald Skillicorn and Dennis Sain
Donald Skillicorn and Dennis Sain discuss their experiences logging in western Montana for the Anaconda Forest Products Company, the evolution of logging technology, and the logging areas around Montana. Skillicorn also describes his initial job with the Anaconda Company, serving in the army during World ... Read More
Ed Heilman discusses his career from fire fighter to Director of Aviation and Fire Management in the Northern Region. This interview has not yet been transcribed.
Harold G. Schmidt
Harold Schmidt describes his career working for the Anaconda Company and the Champion Mill from 1946 to 1984. Schmidt recalls what a typical day looked like on the job, how the camps were set up, and the different tasks he performed. He explains how the ... Read More
James Arthur Alexander
James “Smokey” Alexander discusses joining the first smokejumper squad in 1940 after working as a firefighter in Great Falls, Montana. He describes the genesis of the United States smokejumping program, fellow smokejumpers, his training, and the equipment the smokejumpers used during the early 1940s. Alexander ... Read More
Joseph Aggie Mussulman
Joseph Mussulman discusses moving to Missoula, Montana from Ripon, Wisconsin in 1957 and working for the University of Montana, Missoula in the School of Music. He explains his interest in the Rattlesnake Wilderness, his involvement with the United States Forest Service and Montana Power Company, ... Read More
K. Ross Toole
K. Ross Toole discusses energy issues on the Great Plains—Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming—and the resource extraction’s impacts on people and the environment. He describes state and federal agencies that regulate coal mining and power, such as the Department of Natural Resource Conservation, the Forest ... Read More
Louise Bruce discusses the history of the Montana Wilderness Association [MWA] starting in 1979. She describes the Association’s founding members, the campaign to save the Lincoln backcountry area in Montana, and various coalitions with which the MWA partnered. Bruce also recalls her reasons for becoming ... Read More
Stewart Brandborg discusses the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the grass roots activism that developed around the bill. He describes his interest in preservation, his appreciation for wild country, his relationship with Howard Zahniser, and how he became involved in environmental and wilderness activism. He ... Read More
Thurman Trosper discusses working for the U.S. Forest Service, including both his time as the supervisor of the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana and on the Forest Service’s Division of Legislation and Program Planning in Washington, D. C. He describes the development of the Multiple ... Read More
Victor May discusses maintenance and seasonal duties on the National Bison Range. He describes calving, focusing primarily on the diseases cattle are susceptible to and the procedure used to remove Rocky Mountain ticks from buffalo. May also talks about the typical vaccinations that the animals ... Read More
Willard A. Hartley
Willard “Bill” Hartley describes the logging techniques, equipment and methods of the early 20th century in western Montana. He details how the loggers moved logs from the logging camps all the way down to the train and load them. Hartley recalls the specific kinds of ... Read More