Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 9, circa 1950s


Glen A. Smith



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


U.S. Forest Service Range 1; U.S. Forest Service Region 2; Range assessment and reporting; Stock growers; Grazing capacity; Smith, Glen A. – Interviews; United States. Forest Service -- Officials and employees – Interviews; Public lands -- West (U.S.) -- Management – History; Wildlife management -- Government policy -- West (U.S.) -- History; Range policy -- West (U.S.) – History; Range management -- West (U.S.) – History; United States. Forest Service – History; Real estate appraisers – Interviews; Rangelands -- Colorado -- Ute Indian Reservation – History; Rangelands -- Navajo Indian Reservation – History; Murphy, W.P.

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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 006-009

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel (03:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (33 p.: 28 cm.)

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

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02:06:28 minutes

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OH_006_009.mp3; OH_006_009.pdf

Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 9, circa 1950s