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Gareth Moon

Gareth MoonForestry Pioneer

Gareth was reaised in eastern South Dakota where he lived through the "Dust Bowl days" of the Great Depression. His younger brother, Delmar, almost lost his life to "dust pneumonia" and this experience set the stage for Mr. Moon's strong feelings about the value of forests in water management. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Marines in the South Pacific where he was wounded during the battle on Bougainville on Guam and Iwo Jima.

Before the war, he worked in the forests of Idaho on a logging crew. This led to his attending and graduating from the University of Montana's School of Forestry in 1949. During this period, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service primarily on the Lolo National Forest where he cruised timber and fought forest fires.

On March 1, 1954, Governor J. Hugo Aronson appointed Mr. Moon State Forester. He served as State Forester for the next 26 years under six different Governors. He was then appointed State Land Commissioner by Governor Ted Schwinden in 1980 where he served until October 1982 when he retired due to health problems.

Mr. Moon's accomplishments as State Forester are best detailed in his book, "A History of Montana State Forestry." He was proud to be named an "Honored Alum" of the School of Forestry, also as a "Fellow" of the Society of American Foresters, and the Association of State Foresters. He was a member of numerous boards and commissions at the national, state and local level.

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