University of Montana--Missoula, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, K. Ross Toole Archives
Personal work diaries required to be kept by rangers of the U.S. Forest Service -- Diary entries include daily duties performed, time of day performed and the time it took to perform these duties. Mendenhall made note of extreme weather, such as heavy rain and snow (noting snow depths). He also noted things such as damaged phone lines and wildlife he had seen. Mendenhall dispatched crews to complete designated work, checked up on these work crews, and also trained new work crews. Work performed included marking and cutting of limber, flood control, erosion control, trail and road maintenance, and fire control and fighting forest fires. Mrendenhall wrote cutting reports and timber land exchange reports. He also surveyed land, scaled timber, distributed grazing permits, checked grazing on land, called for payments from permitees, counted cattle head that were grazing, and performed timber sales. Mendenhall did payroll, discussed job performance with employees, performed general office ... Read More

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