Suzanne M. Vernon
Neil Meyer and his wife, Dixie Meyer, describe the homesteading lifestyle in the Upper Swan Valley, Montana. Neil discusses working as a logger and recalls sustainable logging practices and the economics behind the demand for different kinds of wood. He mentions “tree sitter” protests against the Plum Creek Timber Company in the mid-1980s, which he witnessed. Neil and Dixie also share their personal philosophy of the homesteading lifestyle, emphasizing that homesteading instills values, such as hard work and responsibility, and living in open spaces breeds a culture of independence.
Swan Valley, Montana; Upper Swan Valley, Montana; Logging, Montana; Sustainable logging; Logging economics; Tree sitters; Environmental protests; Plum Creek Timber Company, Montana; Homesteaders, Montana; Homesteader philosophy
Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)
Meyer, Neil and Meyer, Dixie, "Neil Meyer and Dixie Meyer Interview, March 2006" (2006). Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project. 41.