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Sign marking the boundary of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

Sign marking the boundary of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

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Episode 39 (08:47)

Thank you for joining us for the thirty-ninth episode of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project. This episode, titled “40th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act” is a radio broadcast produced in September of 2004 by NPR’s Morning Edition. Included are interviews of Doris Milner, Dave Campbell and Dennis Baird. For more information, contact NPR.org.

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Wild Wolf Howl

Dave Campbell at the West Fork Ranger Station 2011

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Episode 27 (10:05)

Thank you for joining us for the twenty-seventh episode of the “Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project.” In this episode, titled “Wild Wolf Howl,” we hear from Dave Campbell, who serves as the Wilderness Ranger at the West Fork Ranger District. [Correction: Dave is the District Ranger responsible for Wilderness.]

Dave grew up in Colorado with a family that enjoyed the out-of-doors. He tells the story of a family backpack trip into the Raywah Wilderness in Colorado when he was a child, and a wilderness ranger came into the camp with a mule, a little burro. As Dave tells it, he was astonished that someone actually got paid to do that. At that point, Dave knew what he wanted to do, and he pursued a career in the outdoors, first at Colorado State with a major in wildlife, and then ending up in Forestry and Recreation. He first worked in planning, became certified as a Siviculturist, and later worked in the Line Officer position as a Ranger, first as an Acting Ranger on the Okanogan in Washington, where he dealt with his first wilderness issues. He moved to the Anaconda-Pintler where he served as a Ranger and began work on organizing a Wilderness Center of Excellence at the West Fork Ranger district. In 1997, Dave moved to the ranger position at West Fork, where he currently serves.

Dave discussed administrative problems in a wilderness that crosses the Idaho-Montana state line, the inspiration he drew from Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, and his determination to protect the pristine Selway River. Here, he discusses the reintroduction of the Gray Wolves from Canada into the wilderness, and the controversy surrounding them.

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