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Letter, Tebbe to Lloyd 27 March 1961

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  • Wildlife
  • Agricultural Science
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Philosophy


In March of 1961 Regional Forester Tebbe writes to activist citizen Merle D. Lloyd, reassuring him that the forest service understands the importance of irrigation to the Montana economy. Tebbe opposes Lloyds desire to establish a large reservoir because it would eliminate the entire east face of the Bitterroot Mountains. Here, Tebbe counters Lloyds economic argument with an aesthetic one: The east face is the most beautiful and spectacular part of the wilderness area. We feel that it is possible to have both dams and a wilderness area in this situation.

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