Jim Burchfield Interview, December 18, 2014

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College of Forestry and Conservation Centennial Oral History Project, OH 443, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

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Jim Burchfield discusses his forestry education and working for the U.S. Forest Service. He recalls being drawn to nature as a boy and first becoming interested in forestry after meeting a forester as a sophomore at the University of Michigan. Burchfield talks about his role as the dean of the College of Forestry and Conservation. He also emphasizes the important role that foresters play in protecting and preserving natural environments. Burchfield concludes by praising the college and his predecessors then tells students to study hard and have empathy for others.