Stewart Brandborg discusses the issues of clearcutting in Montana, and his father Guy Brandborg’s decision to call news reporters to publicize the issue. Brandborg recalls Ernest Oberholtzer’s humorous interactions with other members of the Wilderness Society. He details the conservation efforts to combat Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which led to the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. Brandborg details the weekend conferences to mobilize grassroots conservation efforts in the fight against “big oil.” He recalls appearing on the Joyce Brothers’ psychology show to discuss the pipeline issues, and how media attention helped disseminate information regarding wildlife issues. He also shares memories of his time with Olaus Murie related to the Alaska Pipeline. Brandborg talks at length about his ouster from the Wilderness Society and the hurt he felt as a result. He discusses his work for the National Park Service in the 1970s, the moving back to Montana and starting the Friends of the Bitterroot [FOB]. He concludes the interview by reminiscing about his close relationship with Howard Zahniser and other integral members of the Wilderness Society.
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
Washington, D.C.; Montana
Voice of the Wilderness: Stewart Brandborg Oral History Project, OH 424
University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections
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Audio cassettes: analog + 1 transcript (44 pp: 28 cm.)
Brandborg, Stewart, "Stewart Brandborg Interview, July 15, 2007" (2007). Voice of the Wilderness: Stewart Brandborg Oral History Project. 3.