Neil Meyer and Dixie Meyer Interview, March 2006


Neil Meyer
Dixie Meyer


Suzanne M. Vernon



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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.

Document Type

Oral History


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

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, 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 422-127

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:49:18 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_127.mp3; OH_422_127.pdf

Neil Meyer and Dixie Meyer Interview, March 2006