John Grove Interview, June 26, 2018


John Grove


Anna Rose Costain



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John Grove describes growing up in Ketchikan, Alaska wilderness where his parents homesteaded during the 1930s. He recalls how living in the wilderness influenced his decision to pursue a forestry degree and a career with the U.S. Forest Service. Grove talks about working for the Forest Service in Alaska during the 1950s and ‘60s before transferring to the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest in 1967. He describes the Bitterroot controversy that erupted in the 1970s around the Forest Service’s timber sales program and the lack of compliance with the forest plan standards. Grove recalls joining the Friends of the Bitterroot, a group of Montana citizens concerned about the impact of timber sales on wildlife and conservation in Montana, and reviewing timber sales proposals so they could be appealed under the law. Grove notes that the group’s appeals were often successful, and he discusses the impact that fewer timber sales had on the Bitterroot Valley area including a loss of employment in the forestry and logging industry and mill closures. He recalls how these effects sparked a backlash and violence against Friends of the Bitterroot members.


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Document Type

Oral History


Ketchikan, Alaska; Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Friends of the Bitterroot; U.S. Forest Service; Stewart Brandborg; Conservation; Wilderness areas; Bitterroot controversy; Timber sales program; Forest plan standards; Bitterroot Timber Sale Review Committee; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Bitterroot National Forest Management Plan; National Environmental Policy Act; Wilderness Study Act; Natural resource protection; Larry Campbell

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


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Oral History Number

OH 462-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (01:10:10 min.) digital + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:10:10 minutes

Local Filename

OH_462_001.mp3; OH_462_001.pdf

John Grove Interview, June 26, 2018