Stewart Brandborg Interview, March 31, 2010


Stewart Brandborg


Matthew Koehler



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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 talks about his father’s work as the supervisor of the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana. Brandborg recalls how he and his father used media to highlight environmental activism during the 1960s and 1970s, as well as his work with the Wilderness Society in Washington, D. C. He recounts his role in appointing Cecil Andrus as Secretary of the Interior under President Carter in 1977. Brandborg also describes his work with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Parks Service in Washington D. C. during Andrus’ tenure as Secretary. He describes his involvement in Friends of the Bitterroot (FOB), the growth of the organization, and what he believes to be the future non-profits.


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Document Type

Oral History


Wilderness Act of 1964; Grass roots activism; Howard Zahniser; Bitterroot National Forest; Robert Marshall; Gifford Pinchot; Wilderness Society; Forest conservation; Cecil Andrus; Secretary of the Interior; Carter Administration; U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; National Parks Service; Friends of the Bitterroot; Bitterroot National Forest; Non-Profit Environmental Organization

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

Forestry, Land Use, and Conservation Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number

OH 431-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (02:12:43 min.) digital + 1 transcript (30 p.: 28 cm.)

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:12:43 minutes

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OH_431_001.mp3; OH_431_001.pdf

Stewart Brandborg Interview, March 31, 2010