Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 8, circa 1950s


Glen A. Smith



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Glen A. Smith reflects on his time as the Region 1 Chief Range Manager for the U.S. Forest Service, balancing sheep and cattle interests with the grazing needs of wild game in Montana and Idaho. He cites that much of his success came from being a manager who made an effort to leave his desk and get his boots on the ground. Smith states that his knowledge of the landscape gave him credibility as a manager whose policy decisions were based on realistic expectations of the land’s carrying capacity. He discusses how, due to his experience and proficiency as Range Manager for Region 1, he was relocated in 1939 to work on issues facing over-grazed rangelands around Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. Smith reflects on overcoming his outsider status in the Uncompahgre and Grand Mesa Forests and was able to oversee productive change in rangeland grazing procedures there.


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Oral History


US Forest Service Range 1; Montana; Idaho; Livestock management; Range management; Wyoming; Colorado; South Dakota; Grazing management; Smith, Glen A. – Interviews; United States. Forest Service -- Officials and employees – Interviews; United States. Forest Service – History; Kootenai National Forest (Mont. and Idaho) – History; Public lands -- West (U.S.) -- Management -- Public opinion – History; Grazing districts -- West (U.S.) – History; Range policy -- West (U.S.) – History; Wildlife management -- Government policy -- West (U.S.) -- Public opinion – History; United States. Forest Service. Northern Region – History; United States. Forest Service. Northern Region -- Officials and employees – Interviews; United States. Forest Service. Rocky Mountain Region -- Officials and employees – Interviews; Uncompahgre National Forest (Colo.) – History; Grand Mesa National Forest (Colo.) -- 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 006-008

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel (03:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:51:30 minutes

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OH_006_008.mp3; OH_006_008.pdf

Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 8, circa 1950s