Susan Ellen Green
Chuck Sheley compares his eight years (1959-1966) smokejumping from Cave Junction, Oregon, with his four years (1966-1970) jumping from McGrath and Fairbanks, Alaska. He describes how a small base like Cave Junction promotes a tight sense of camaraderie unlike larger bases. Sheley discusses how differences in terrain and climate impact in different regions of the United States impact regular smokejumper activities such as firefighting, let downs, and packouts. He also compares the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), particularly the differences in their bureaucracies and finances.
Smokejumpers West (United States) Biography; Smokejumping West (United States) History; Smokejumpers Training of; Smokejumping Administration
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
1 sound cassette (91 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (33 p. : 28 cm.)
Sheley, Chuck, "Chuck Sheley Interview" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH_133_096.