Arnold Bolle Interview, August 6, 1991


Arnold Bolle


Annie Pontrelli



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Arnold Bolle describes his time as a student at the University of Montana (UM). He lists student rules, traditions, and events of the 1930s. Bolle recalls his past former career with the U.S. Forest Service and the Soil Conservation Service which took him to all over the country. He describes authoring the Bolle Report which studied clearcutting issues on national forests. Bolle discusses to his time as a UM faculty member, his role as dean of the School of Forestry, and his position as an academic vice president. Bolle concludes with a description of his post-retirement activities and affiliations. He describes his U.S. Forest Service colleagues and his interest in soil conservation. He talks about working with various U.S. legislators including Pat Williams and Max Baucus on advancing conservation efforts for wilderness outdoor recreation areas. Bolle describes serving as dean of the School of Forestry, and he recalls the challenges he faced when trying to implement changes.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana-Missoula; School of Forestry; University of Montana alumni; University of Montana administrators; U.S. Forest Service; Bolle Report; Forestry; Clearcutting, forestry; University of Montana faculty; Pat Williams, Max Baucus; Land conservation; Wilderness areas; Outdoor recreation areas

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project, OH 270, 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 270-005, 006

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (2:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (24 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:49:17 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_005_006.mp3; OH_270_005_006.pdf

Arnold Bolle Interview, August 6, 1991