Glen A. Smith reflects on the importance of fair and amiable working relationships between the U.S. Forest Service and the ranchers who ran their herds on National Forest land. He describes how increased communication between ranchers and foresters had a positive effect on compliance with National Forest protocols attempting to reduce impact on the range. Smith reflects on his work for Chicago businessman W.P. Murphy, after he retired in 1942 from a 35-year career with the Forest Service, appraising ranch land across Montana, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico. Smith tells how he continued to assess rangeland after Murphy’s death, noting his work on the Navajo and Ute Indian Reservations where stock served as one of the primary means of income for the native community and lead to overgrazing of the range.
U.S. Forest Service Range 1; U.S. Forest Service Region 2; U.S. Forest Service Region 1: Ute Reservation; Navajo Reservation; W.P. Murphy; Range assessment and reporting; Stock growers; Grazing capacity
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 9, circa 1950s" (1950). Glen A. Smith Reminiscences Oral History Project. 9.