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.
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
Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
OH 422-044, 045
2 sound cassettes (60 min. each): analog + 1 transcript (25pp.: 28 cm.)
Ash, Rod and Ash, June, "Rod Ash and June Ash Interview, September 14, 1999" (1999). Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project. 67.