Thurman Trosper Interview, May 15, 1991


Thurman Trosper


Dick Shannon



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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 Use Sustained Yield Act of 1960 and the political struggle between the Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Wilderness Society over management of national forest lands. Trosper also details the roles that a number of congressmen played in the passage of bills concerning national forests, including Wayne Aspinall, Clinton Anderson, and Tom Foley.


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Document Type

Oral History


National forest lands; Wayne Aspinall; Clinton Anderson; Tom Foley; Multiple Use Sustained Yield Act of 1960; U.S. Forest Service; Wilderness Society; National Park Service; Bitterroot National Forest; U.S. Forest Service, Division of Legislation and Program Planning

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 271-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (90 min.): analog + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:46:15 minutes

Local Filename

OH_271_001.mp3; OH_271_001.pdf

Thurman Trosper Interview, May 15, 1991