Rod Ash and June Ash Interview, September 14, 1999


Rod Ash
June Ash


Suzanne Vernon



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Rod and June Ash recall how they came to live in the Upper Swan Valley, after spending most of the 1950s and 1960s living and working in California. They reminisce about their family vacations to the valley during the 1950s and 1960s, eventually purchasing a cabin, then moving to the valley full time in the 1970s. Rod and June recall their community service and conservation efforts in California. Rod Ash discusses his involvement in conservation organizations in the Swan Valley, Montana, starting with the Grounded Eagle Foundation with Ken Wolff, which evolved into the Swan Citizens Ad Hoc Committee. He notes that the ad hoc committee formed as a partnership of Swan Valley community members, including Bud Moore, loggers, environmentalists, conservationists, homeowners, and Forest Service employee. Rod notes that the success of the organization, which later became the Swan Ecosystem Center [SEC], was due to the lack of focus on special interest groups, the willingness of the Forest Service to be involved, and the strength of the community working together to achieve responsible land use and management.


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Document Type

Oral History


Swan Valley, Montana; Rod Ash; Swan Citizens Ad Hoc Committee; Condon, Montana; Swan Ecosystem Management and Learning Center; Grounded Eagle Foundation; Swan Ecosystem Center [SEC]; Ken Wolff; Bud Moore; Anne Dahl; Sharon Lamar; June Ash; Redding, California; Conservation; Community organizations; Plum Creek Timber; U.S. Forest Service; Environmental activism; Logging, Montana

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 422-044, 045

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (60 min. each): analog + 1 transcript (25pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:26:52 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_044_045.mp3; OH_422_044_045.pdf

Rod Ash and June Ash Interview, September 14, 1999