Robert Wolf Interview, November 16, 1989


Robert E. Wolf


Arnold Bolle and Dan Hall



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Robert Wolf recalls the 1959 controversy over the Kern Plateau in California’s Sequoia National Forest. He describes how recreationists and the Sierra Club opposed the timber sales proposed by business groups on the Kern Plateau. Wolf discusses being sent west to investigate the conflict. He describes the trip and his subsequent recommendation—which the U.S. Forest Service ignored—against the timber sales due to the poor timber growth. He concludes with a brief discussion of land use alternatives.

This interview about the Kern Plateau is similar to OH 227-048 in which the plateau is also discussed at length.

The audio for this interview is available at Archives and Special Collections, but has not yet been digitized.


Oral History


Arnold W. Bolle 1912-1994; Dan Hall; Wolf, Robert, 1920-2005 – Interviews; United States. Forest Service; Sierra Club; Environmental impact analysis -- California -- Sequoia National Forest; Environmental protection -- California -- Sequoia National Forest; Land use -- United States – Planning; Recreation -- California -- Sequoia National Forest; Timber -- California -- Sequoia National Forest – Marketing; Kern Plateau (Calif.); Sequoia National Forest (Calif.) -- Environmental conditions; Sequoia National Forest (Calif.) – Management; Interviews – Montana; Oral histories -- Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

United States



Original Collection

Robert Wolf Interviews Oral History Project, OH 227, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 227-037

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (12 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:28:11 minutes

Local Filename

OH_227_037.mp3; OH_227_037.pdf

Robert Wolf Interview, November 16, 1989