Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 5, circa 1950s


Glen A. Smith



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Glen A. Smith reflects on his time as a U.S. Forest Service ranger in the Custer National Forest. He estimates that he spent some 150-165 days in the saddle per year patrolling boundaries and examining trespasses by local ranchers, a community which Smith reports, was generally very cooperative with Forest Service requests. Smith recalls early efforts to manage and restore national forest lands which he notes were often misguided such as artificial seeding attempts in the Custer National Forest which produced no new tree-growth. He discusses his acceptance of a supervisory position at the Beartooth Forest headquarters in Red Lodge, Montana. Smith describes his job responsibilities in that position including close examination of lumber and mining claims, as well as livestock range requests. He remembers initial efforts to stock Beartooth National Forest lakes with fish.


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Document Type

Oral History


Missoula, Montana; W.B. Greeley; seeding; Red Lodge, Montana; Lumber industry, Montana; Mining industry, Montana; Sheep range; Fish stocking; Department of Agriculture; James A. Wilson; Smith, Glen A. – Interviews; United States. Forest Service -- Officials and employees – Interviews; United States. Forest Service – History; Custer National Forest (Mont. and S.D.) – History; Forest reserves -- United States -- Management – History; Reforestation -- Custer National Forest (Mont. and S.D.) – History; Beartooth Ranger District (Mont.) – History; Montana -- History

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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 006-005

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel (03:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:06:22 minutes

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OH_006_005.mp3; OH_006_005.pdf

Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 5, circa 1950s