Arnold Bolle Interview, February 1988


Arnold Bolle


Matt Blessing



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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 Company and the U.S. Forest Service to negotiate ownership of the land. Bolle recalls working with Montana legislators Pat Williams and John Melcher to get a bill through Congress that designated the land as a national recreation and wilderness area in 1980. He describes the goals of the Friends of the Rattlesnake organization, of which he was a member, and briefly details the politics of the organization and the relationship it had with the Forest Service. Bolle defines the LAC approach to wilderness management, which he helped develop, and how he used it to involve the Missoula public in the designation process. He also expresses his feeling on the process and outcomes of the effort to obtain the national recreation area and wilderness designation for the Rattlesnake Valley.


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Document Type

Oral History


Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness [RNRAW]; Friends of the Rattlesnake, Missoula, Montana; National recreation and wilderness areas; Protected environments; Pat Williams; John Melcher; Montana Power Company; Wilderness protection and conservation; U.S. Forest Service; Limits of acceptable change process [LAC]

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




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


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 228-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.): analog + 1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:31:20 minutes

Local Filename

OH_228_001.mp3; OH_228_001.pdf

Arnold Bolle Interview, February 1988