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Ralph Hanson

Forestry Pioneer

Ralph was born in Coeur d'Alene Idaho in 1911. He received a degree in Forestry from the University of Montana in Missoula and served in Europe in combat infantry during World War II. He served as Assistant Firewarden for the Blackfoot Forest Protection Association from 1954 to 1965 and as Chief Firewarden from 1965 to 1971. After joining Montana State Forestry he served in various fire control posts until his retirement in 1976. He received an appreciation plaque for superior work during the fire season of 1973. Hanson is well known throughout Montana and the western United States for his fire-fighting knowledge and abilities.

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