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Bob Griffes

Bob GriffesForestry Pioneer

Grif was born in Northern Illinois in July of 1929 and came to Missoula to study forestry at the University of Montana. He worked seasonally on road location and design projects with the USFS and J Neils Lumber. He graduated from the university in the class of 1952 with a B.S. in Forestry. Grif joined the U.S. Army after graduation for two years of active duty in Korea as a civil engineer.  He continued to serve as an army reservist for 16 years in various engineer units attaining the rank of Captain. 

He returned to Montana to work for the Anaconda Copper Mining Co. In 1955 he became the logging engineer for the Yellowstone Pine Co. in Belgrade.

Grif was hired by the Office of State Forester (now the DNRC) in 1957, and moved to Kalispell. Assigned to timber management he located several roads and drafted a Road annual, and then was assigned to timber inventory. He was the Chief Inventory Forester during the time when the legislature directed the counties to reclassify all private lands for tax assessment purposes. He developed the forest classification manual and administered the work done by the Office of State Forester for the various counties. Grif developed the first two valuation schedules which were adopted by the State Board of Equalization. After several reorganizations, he was assigned as Chief of the Operations Bureau which consisted of the various Land Offices providing forestry services across the State. He became Deputy State Forester in October 1981 and retired in 1986.

In his retirement Grif built a cabin and moved to the Double Arrow Ranch near Seeley Lake with his wife Patti, managing several acres of forest land until mountain pine beetle took over. He was active in several community associations and enjoyed traveling. His travels included Germany, France, New Zealand, Australia, England, Wales, Ireland and much of the US including the Inland Passage to Alaska.  Bob passed away May 21st, 2017.

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