Glen A. Smith recalls passing his officer’s examination for the U.S. Forest Service with one of the top scores in Montana. He describes his posting in Libby, Montana, where he cleared trail and mapped the land while living in a cabin with fellow rangers Roscoe Haines and Ed Stahl. Smith describes the negative sentiment of the local community towards the Forest Service and the policies of President Theodore Roosevelt and Forest Service Chief Gifford Pinchot regarding national forest lands during the early 1900s. Smith discusses how his career as a ranger allowed him to survey and explore land across Montana and Idaho, and he provides detailed accounts of the people, wildlife, and challenges he encountered. He makes special note of his role managing cattle on public lands, and comments on the collaboration between federal employees and local ranchers that occurred in the nascent stages of the National Forest system.
Libby, Montana; Kalispell, Montana; Kootenai National Forest; Custer National Forest; Idaho; Priest River territory; United States Forest Service; predator management; wolves; mountain lions; Theodore Roosevelt; U.S. National Forest system; Gifford Pinchot; Range management; Cheyenne Indians
Glen A. Smith Reminiscences Oral History Project, OH 006, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Smith, Glen A., "Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 3" (1950). Glen A. Smith Reminiscences Oral History Project. 3.