Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 3, circa 1950s


Glen A. Smith



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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.


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Oral History


Libby, Montana; Kalispell, Montana; Custer National Forest; Idaho; Priest River territory; wolves; mountain lions; Gifford Pinchot; Range management; Cheyenne Indians; Smith, Glen A. – Interviews; United States. Forest Service -- Officials and employees – Interviews; United States. Forest Service – History; United States. Forest Service -- Public opinion – History; Kootenai National Forest (Mont. and Idaho) – History; Public lands -- West (U.S.) -- Management -- Public opinion – History; Stahl, Edward G.; Grazing districts -- West (U.S.) – History; Montana – History; Idaho – History; Wildlife management -- Government policy -- West (U.S.) -- Public opinion – History; Haines, Roscoe, -1949

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

Glen A. Smith Reminiscences Oral History Project, OH 006, 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 006-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel (03:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (19 p.: 28 cm.)

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:05:32 minutes

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OH_006_003.mp3; OH_006_003.pdf

Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 3, circa 1950s