This collection includes four interviews on the evolution of environmental policies, philosophies, and awareness in western Montana. The interviews were conducted by Mavis McKelvey in the spring of 1975. The interviewees discuss the inner workings of the United States Forest Service, conservation methods, and environmental issues and awareness in American economics. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH 413 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 4 interviews.
Don Aldrich discusses conservation and environmentalism in western Montana. He describes environmental disputes concerning logging, mining, and ranching, and discusses the Wildlife Federation, the Wilderness Association, and the Environmental Information Center in Montana. He also describes his role as an environmental lobbyist in Montana State government and the influence that the Anaconda Company had over Montana State environmental politics and policies.
Doris Milner discusses the evolution of environmental problems and awareness in western Montana, specifically focused on the Bitterroot Valley over the twentieth century. She describes forestry practices, environmental texts, how economics shape and determine use of land, and the origins of the environmental movement in Montana.
Guy Brandborg traces the evolution of environmental ethics in America, citing figures such as Gifford Pinchot and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He describes working for the U.S. Forest Service as a laborer and ranger, his experiences in the field, and the politics and philosophies of the Forest Service. He also discusses the shelterbelt program, logging, fire suppression, grazing, sustained yield, the Lubrecht Forest, and the American myth of superabundance. Brandborg also describes his loyalty review hearing during the McCarthy Era.
Guy Brandborg discusses the evolution of environmental awareness in western Montana. He describes the philosophy and organization of the U.S. Forest Service in the early and mid-twentieth century and undergoing a loyalty review hearing at the Forest Service during the McCarthy era. He also describes how economics and capitalism have shaped the environment and the American attitude toward nature and his role as a founding member of the Montana Conservation Council.