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Minnesota Environmental Issues Oral History Project: Interview with Miron L. Heinselman
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Heinselman is a native of Duluth, Minnesota, and received his degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1942. After serving two years in the Army during World War II, he returned to the University of Minnesota and received his bachelor's and master's degrees in forestry. He served as a research scientist at the Rhinelander and Grand Rapids field stations. In 1961, he received his Ph.D. from the University. He transferred to the headquarters laboratory in Saint Paul in 1966 where he continued his research on the virgin forests of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Heinselman retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 1974 and afterward served as adjunct professor in the department of ecology and behavioral biology at the University of Minnesota. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: His background; forest ecology of the Boundary Waters project; impact of the Selke committee; the wilderness act (1964); U.S. Forest Service's involvement; logging lawsuits and virgin forests in the Boundary Waters; working with James Oberstar; the Oberstar bill; Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (formation and role of); working with Don Fraser; Fraser bill; loss of logging injunctions; interaction with U.S. Congress; result of the administration bill; Philip Burton; Bruce Vento; creation of and passage of the Burton Vento bill; Lake Vermillion border issue; Conservation Alliance; Senator Wendell Anderson and support of the Oberstar bill vs. Burton Vento bill; issues of logging and mining vs. motorboats and snowmobiles in the Boundary Waters; Friends of the Boundary Waters and the Conservation Alliance negotiation session and result of session (Dayton Walls Compromise); passage of the Anderson Humphrey bill through the House and the Senate; aftermath of passage of the act; Conservation Alliance and the state of Minnesota joint lawsuit against act concerning water rights, and motorboat and snowmobile use in area; transporting boats, dams, and steel arch across Isabella River provisions; Conservation Alliance current feelings towards act; opinion towards future legislation; theory of natural role of fire in the ecosystem and fire management programs. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: Mrs. Heiselman occasionally participated in the interview.
6 hours sound cassette
124 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
360 minutes length
Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Interviewee: Heinselman, Miron L.
Made in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Creation: 02/02/1987 - 02/03/1987 (Interviews conducted 2/2/1987 and 2/3/1987.)
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 58 (Library Call Number)
AV1988.99.13 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Environmental Issues Oral History Project'