Arnold Bolle Interview


Arnold Bolle


Annie Pontrelli



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Arnold Bolle describes his time as a student at the University of Montana. He lists the UM student rules, traditions, and events of the 1930s. Bolle recalls his past careers with the U.S. Forest Service and the Soil Conservation Service which took him to the following places: Washington state; Washington D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and Wyoming. He describes authoring the infamous Bolle Report which studied clearcutting issues on national forests and was submitted to Senator Lee Metcalf in 1970. Bolle discusses to his time as a member of the University of Montana faculty, his role as Dean of UM’s School of Forestry, and his position as an academic vice president. Bolle 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 the conservation of wilderness outdoor recreation areas. Bolle discusses his teaching philosophy, which he compares to his philosophy on serving as an administrator. He recalls utilizing teamwork and teambuilding concepts while serving as dean of the School of Forestry, and he recalls the challenges he faced when trying to implement changes to the school.


Oral History


University of Montana students; University of Montana faculty; University history; U.S. Forest Service; Soil Conservation Service; Clearcutting; School of Forestry; University of Montana; Forestry, Montana; Education, Montana; Pat Williams, Max Baucus

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

Local Filename

OH_270_005_006.mp3; OH_270_005_006.pdf

Arnold Bolle Interview