Robert Wolf Interview, April 25, 1989


Robert E. Wolf


Thurman Trosper and Dan Hall



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Robert Wolf revisits the National Wilderness Preservation Act of 1963, recalling the behind-the-scenes congressional activity. He recalls Hubert Humphrey’s initial interest in the concept and Scoop Jackson’s role and philosophy. He describes the timber industry’s response to the act. Wolf describes the application of the act, the U.S. Forest Service response and application, and the Bristol Cliffs Wilderness reduction. He discusses the difficulties that the Forest Service had with the concepts of wilderness, community stabilization and public versus private lands.

Document Type

Oral History


Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978; Jackson, Henry M. (Henry Martin), 1912-1983; Wolf, Robert, 1920-2005 – Interviews; Thurman Trosper; Dan Hall; United States. Forest Service; United States. National wilderness preservation act; Lumber trade -- United States; Wilderness areas -- Law and legislation -- United States; Wilderness areas – Vermont; Bristol Cliffs Wilderness (Vt.); 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 227-011, 012

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (26 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:33:34 minutes

Local Filename

OH_227_011_012.mp3; OH_227_011_012.pdf

Robert Wolf Interview, April 25, 1989