R. Michael Bowman discusses his experiences as a smokejumper and a U.S. Forest Service employee, which began in 1955. Bowman credits Francis Lufkin at the Okanogan Base in Winthrop, Washington, for instilling in him a hard work ethic and giving him a broad experience through his policy of assigning jumpers to a variety of projects, including trail design and maintenance. He talks about developments in the smokejumper program from the perspective of his later career as a Fire Management Officer. He highlights the jump list, the use of helicopters, the prescribed fire program, and the future of the smokejumping program. Bowman also discusses trading smokejumping and firefighting technology with other nations as well as the role of women and minorities in the smokejumping program.
Smokejumpers Washington (State) Biography; Smokejumping Washington (State) History; Francis Lufkin; Winthrop, Washington; Female smokejumpers
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (64 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (17 p. : 28 cm.)
Bowman, R. Michael, "R. Michael Bowman Interview, July 23, 1984" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-007.