Oral History Project: 7 New CaSAF Interviews Online

Enjoy these 7 new interviews!  Remarkable CaSAF Golden members share unique memories of their careers in California, Washington DC and South America…


…They also provide advice to young people regarding the profession and reflect on the future of forestry and natural resources management in California…


… And each have a vision of a “perfect forest.”


Remember, you can easily access each interview question in YouTube mode. After you start the video, just click the words “YouTube” in the lower right corner of the interview window. The “clickable” questions are located in the description box.

Jim Able: Consulting Forester

27:04 –  Jim said “the key to consulting is being able to do about anything somebody asks you to do.” Listen to his great story about the “stepup.”

35:40 – Jim shares his vivid memories of the Redwood National Park acquisition and expansion.


Peter Arnold: Forester, retired

1:02 & 1:05 – Congressman William Kent, Peter’s grandfather, donated Muir Woods and wrote the bill that started the National Park Service in 1916.

07:15: – Through a fortunate coincidence, Peter was introduced to the idea of doing forestry in South America while at Yale. (And there is much more about South America.)


Marty Gubrud: Forester, AKA Forester Marty – LA County, retired

34:44 – Marty shares some of the history of LA County’s first nursery, Henninger Flats.

1:03:15 – Marty displays his custom “walking” stick, which is a treasure trove of symbols and uses.


Fritz Koepp: Registered Professional Forester – USFS, retired

10:15 – Fritz describes his unusual path from forestry school graduation to the USFS.

52:05 – Fritz shares some of his experiences as an early smoke jumper


Doug Leisz: Forester, USFS, retired

1:22:57 – As the Pacific SW Regional Forester, Doug had a first row seat during the development of Firescope and Incident Command System.

1:57:47 –  Doug provides an example of taking risks. Having little knowledge of 1970’s computers, he still led a team that transitioned the USFS to their own computer system.


Bill Smith: Forester; Resource Manager, Louisiana Pacific, retired

29:58 – Bill tells us about having access to the Louisiana Pacific air fleet and one dangerous encounter with a near-miss helicopter landing.

0:31 – Bill’s parents were in a profession that was completely opposite from forestry.  He talks about his youth  living next to the San Francisco Presidio during the Depression.


Dean Solinsky: Consulting Forester; Frank & Dean Solinsky Co.

25:51 & 37:47 – Dean talks a little about the early days of working with his brother and the beginning of Frank & Dean Solinsky Co.

1:12:42 – Dean has a fairly pessimistic outlook for the private timber industry in California.


Coming soon!  George Roby, Dick Pland, Russ Forsburg, Anne & John Heissenbuttel, Len Lindstrand and more …

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