Former Montana State Senator Ron Erickson discusses his involvement in the Missoula environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Erickson, who also worked as a professor of chemistry at the University of Montana, discusses creating the Environmental Studies program at the university. He discusses air and water pollution issues in the Missoula area, his work with the group Concerned Citizens for a Quality Environment, and his time serving in the Montana State Legislature.
Subjects: Environmentalism -- West (U.S.); Environmentalism – Montana; Environmental protection -- West (U.S.) -- Citizen participation; Environmental policy; Environmental policy -- Montana -- Missoula County; Nature -- Effect of human beings on – History; Land use – Montana; Wood-pulp industry -- Montana -- Missoula County; Kraft paper industry -- Montana -- Missoula County; Air – Pollution; Air quality -- Montana – Missoula; Water – Pollution; Water quality -- Montana – Missoula; Montana. Legislature; Legislation – Montana; Land use – Montana; Local government—Montana; Political participation—Montana; Environmental education -- Study and teaching; Environmental quality; Environmentalists -- Montana -- Missoula County -- Societies, etc; Missoula (Mont.) -- Environmental conditions; Missoula County (Mont.) -- Environmental conditionsPersonal Names: Ronald E. Erickson, 1933-Corporate Names: University of Montana—Missoula; University of Montana (Missoula). Environmental Studies Program; Hoerner-Waldorf Corporation (Mont.); Concerned Citizens for a Quality Environment (Missoula County, Mont.)Geographical Names: Montana--Politics and government--20th century; Missoula (Mont.); Helena (Mont.)Occupations: Educators – Montana; Politicians -- Montana
GASP and the History of Missoula’s Environmental Movement Oral History Project, OH 476
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Erickson, Ron, "Ron Erickson Interview, September 25, 2020" (2020). GASP and the History of Missoula’s Environmental Movement Oral History Project. 4.