Robert Wolf Interview, November 27, 1990


Robert E. Wolf


Richard Shannon



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Robert Wolf describes the U.S. Forest Service bidding practices for timber sales from the 1940s to the present. He discusses problems with the system and collusion in oral bidding. Wolf explains differences in Forest Service and Justice Department views on bidding practices. He concludes by talking about the passage of the Oral-Sealed Bid Amendment of 1978 and its effectiveness.

Document Type

Oral History


Wolf, Robert, 1920-2005 – Interviews; Richard E. Shannon; United States. Department of Justice; United States. Forest Service; Forest reserves -- Government policy -- United States; Lumber trade -- Corrupt practices -- United States; Lumber trade -- Government policy -- United States; Public lands -- United States; Timber -- United States – Marketing; 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 227-045

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:31:11 minutes

Local Filename

OH_227_045.mp3; OH_227_045.pdf

Robert Wolf Interview, November 27, 1990