Arnold Bolle Interview


Arnold Bolle Interview


Arnold Bolle


Matt Thomas


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Arnold Bolle talks about his career as a forestry researchers, and describes the beginning of the movement to legally designate wilderness areas. He explains how the Wilderness Act changed the way the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management [BLM], and U.S. National Park Service managed their lands, and elaborates on his various roles in the creation of public policy relating to forests. Bolle explains his philosophy on cultivating positive dialogue and relationships with private land owners and how to be a strong, democratic leader within an organization. He describes how the public played a pivotal role in the designation and protections of specific wilderness areas in Montana such as the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wildernesses and other locations around Lincoln and the Blackfoot River. Bolle explains how U.S. representatives from Montana such as Max Baucus, Lee Metcalf and Pat Williams and organizations such as The Wilderness Society promoted the establishment of wilderness areas in order to protect public lands from being decimated by clear cutting and road building. He also mentions problems with timber harvests (ASQ) and overall forest health are also mentioned.


Oral History


Wilderness Act (1964); Arnold Bolle; University of Montana, Missoula; Max Baucus, Montana; Lee Metcalf, Montana; Pat Williams, Montana; Wilderness Society, The; Timber harvesting; Forestry, Montana; U.S. Forest Service; U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM); U.S. National Park Service; Clearcutting; Forestry techniques; Wilderness areas, Montana; Bob Marshall Wilderness Area; Great Bear Wilderness Area; Scapegoat Wilderness Area; Blackfoot River

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 252-001, 002, 003, 004

Media Type


Original Format

4 audio cassettes (04:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (31 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format


Local Filename


Arnold Bolle Interview