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Work Crew at Moose Creek 1979

Work Crew at Moose Creek 1979

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Episode 41 (32:06)

Thank you for joining us for the forty-first episode of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project. In this episode, titled “Thirty Miles from Paradise,” we take a look at the community that exists in the Moose Creek Ranger Station. Located deep in the heart of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Moose Creek has housed Forest Service employees, work crews, volunteers, outfitters, visitors, and celebrities. Because it can only be accessed by airplane or thirty miles of non-vehicle trail, Moose Creek Ranger Station tends to foster tight communities within the people who live and work there each season. From the early days of the Forest Service in the 1920’s and 30’s, to the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964, to the present day when the Selway-Bitterroot Foundation organizes volunteer crews to maintain the trails and manage fires, Moose Creek has been one of the central heartbeats of the Selway-Bitterroot area. The various comments presented in this podcast about living and working at Moose Creek give a small glimpse of this unique place.

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Jane Holman, 2011

Jane Holman, 2011

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Episode 40 (15:31)

Thank you for joining us for the fortieth episode of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project. In this episode, titled “Re-wilding,” Jane Holman describes some of the practical aspects of returning settled sections of the Selway-Bitterroot country to wilderness.

Jane graduated from the University of Montana after growing up in Dixie, Idaho. She spent the years of 1968-1972 at Moose Creek Ranger Station with her husband, Bill Holman, who was the wilderness ranger there. From there, she moved to Washington, DC and spent 29 years working for the U.S. Department of Education, although she always revisited her Idaho roots. After retirement in 2004, she returned to Moscow, Idaho. Among other pursuits, she serves as the secretary for the Selway-Bitterroot Foundation and remains active in stewarding the wilderness, both politically and on the ground.

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The beautiful, pristine Selway River, near Bear Creek, 2010. Photo courtesy Debbie Lee

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Episode 17 (22:00)

Thank you for joining us for the seventeenth episode of the “Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project.” This is a special episode, titled “What is the Greatest Threat to Wilderness?” Debbie Lee, our project coordinator, asked many of the oral history interviewees this question, and she received some surprising and enlightening answers. Among the interviewees in this podcast are Penny Keck, a longtime resident of the Selway-Bitterroot area who managed equipment for the Forest Service, as well as worked with her husband Emil to build and maintain many of the bridges and buildings. We hear from Ed Bloedel, who helped write the first wilderness management plans, Eric Melson and Rob Mason who currently work for the Selway-Bitterroot Foundation, and Warren Miller and Bruce Farling, who worked as Forest Rangers in the Moose Creek district in the 1970’s and 1980’s after the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act. From these varying perspectives, we hear about the possible future of wilderness areas and their importance in the lives of current and future generations.

Slideshow: Scenic landscapes from the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness at various points during the past century, show how little the protected landscape has changed. In this place, it is possible to view wild land as it once was, and to enjoy the tranquility of recreation in a pristine area.

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Rob Mason, 2010

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Episode 6 (13:08)

Thank you for joining us for the sixth episode of the “Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project.” One of the unique features of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness is the way people who manage it have preserved the wilderness character, and how they have taught others to cherish wild land as a valuable natural resource. In this episode, titled “’It’s So Wild,’” Rob Mason compares his experience working in many of the national forests throughout the western United States with his work for the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Since December 2008, Rob has served as the executive director of the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, whose mission is to connect citizens and communities to assist in the stewardship of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, and the surrounding wildlands. Prior to joining the Foundation, Rob worked as the wilderness manager for the Sierra National Forest for five years, where he earned the Forest Service’s Bob Marshall Award for Individual Champion of Wilderness Stewardship for his work in the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses. In his work and life, Rob consistently shows a deep passion for wilderness stewardship and protecting wilderness character.

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Eric Melson, 2010

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Episode 4 (14:19)

Thank you for joining us on the fourth episode of the “Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project.” In this episode, titled “Communities of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, part 2,” we hear from Eric Melson, who is a graduate of Colorado State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Protected Area Management and developed a deep passion for wilderness stewardship, a love of wilderness travel, and a strong work ethic. During the fall of 2010, Eric became a full-time staff member of the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, a wilderness stewardship organization. He now leads the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation’s work bringing the Telluride Mountain Film Festival to western Montana and Idaho as well as leads volunteer trail crews and trains interns in wilderness leadership skills during the summer months.

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