Stewart Brandborg Interview, April 23, 2007


Stewart Brandborg


Kevin Proescholdt, Jonathan "Jon" Dettmann



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Stewart Brandborg discusses the role of Guy M. Brandborg, his father and a U.S. Forest Service employee, in his awareness of conservation policy and activism. Brandborg discusses the controversy over clear-cutting in the Bitterroot Valley and his father’s investigations of big mining and big lumber and the effects on the communities and their opinions. Brandborg talks about Bob Marshall and Gifford Pinchot when he was a child and the influence it had on his conservation efforts. He also talks about his thesis research on mountain goats while working for the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. Brandborg describes how he became an employee of the National Wildlife Federation and moving his family to Washington D.C. He details the Echo Park Dam fight, then his transfer to the Wilderness Society when the Federation showed signs of dissolving. He discusses the lobbying efforts of the Wilderness Society, in particular Howard Zahniser, to get a wilderness bill passed.


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Document Type

Oral History


United States. Wilderness Act; Conservation of natural resources--Montana--Bitterroot River Valley--Societies, etc.; Conservation of natural resources--United States; United States. National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; Environmental policy—United States; Environmentalism--United States--Societies, etc.; Wildlife conservation--Law and legislation--United States; Wildlife conservation--United States--Societies, etc; Conservation of natural resources--Montana--Bitterroot River Valley--Societies, etc.: Conservation of natural resources--United States; Conservation of natural resources--West (U.S.)--Societies, etc.: Timber--Bitterroot National Forest (Mont. and Idaho)--Management Wildlife conservation--Law and legislation--United States; Mountain goat; University of Idaho; Brandborg, Stewart (1925-2018); Brandborg, G. M. (Guy Mathew), (1893-1977); Marshall, Robert (1901-1939); Pinchot, Gifford (1865-1946); Zahniser, Howard; Stong, Benjamin; Brower, David (1912-2000); Callison, Charles H. (1913-1993); Margaret E. Murie; Olaus J Murie (Olaus Johan), 1889-1963; Oberholtzer, Ernest C. (Ernest Carl), 1884-1977; Sigurd, Olson F. (1899- ); Broome, Harvey (1902-1968); United States. Forest Service; Idaho. Fish and Game Dept.; Friends of the Bitterroot; Montana. Dept. of Fish and Game; National Wildlife Federation; United States. National Park Service; United States. Department of Interior; University of Idaho. Idaho Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit; Wilderness Society (U.S.); Missoula (Mont.); Bitterroot National Forest (Mont. and Idaho); Trans-Alaska Pipeline (Alaska)--Environmental aspects; Selway River Watershed (Idaho); Conservationists--United States; Environmentalists--United States

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Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana; Idaho; Washington, D.C.



Original Collection

Voice of the Wilderness: Stewart Brandborg Oral History Project, OH 424

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Holder

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants 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 Collectionsat the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Oral History Number

OH 424-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

Audio cassettes: analog + 1 transcript (29 pp: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:22:20 minutes

Local Filename

OH_424_001.mp3; OH_424_001.pdf

Stewart Brandborg Interview, April 23, 2007