Cal Tassinari Interview, June 4, 1999


Cal Tassinari


Suzanne M. Vernon



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Cal Tassinari describes his work and experience as a wilderness ranger for the U.S. Forest Service starting in the early 1960s in the Mission Mountains Wilderness area in Montana. He recalls his primary duties which included planning and constructing trails, observing wildlife, and managing the area. Tassinari shares his thoughts on how the area has changed, citing the growing popularity of recreational hiking. He offers unique insight into the concept of wilderness and how this has changed over time. Tassinari also discusses other prominent wilderness advocates of the time such as Bud Cheff and Fred Matzner.

Document Type

Oral History


U.S. Forest Service; Rangers; Mission Mountains Wilderness Area; Bud Cheff; Fred Matzner; Cal Tassinari; Recreation areas, Montana; Wilderness areas, Montana; Wilderness management

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 422-024, 025

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (24 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:07:26 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_024_025.mp3; OH_422_024_025.pdf

Cal Tassinari Interview, June 4, 1999