First Rangers
The Life and Times of Frank Liebig and Fred Herrig, Glacier Country 1902-1910

by C. W. Guthrie

published by Farcountry Press

  • A special breed of adventurer, the first forest rangers were among the explorers, mountain men, lawmen, and pioneers who made America. First Rangers details the exploits of two of these men, told mostly in their own words. Written in the saddle while riding along the trail, or on a log at camp, or at a table in a dimly lit cabin, these stories bring to life a bygone era.

    Frank Liebig and Fred Herrig were the first forest rangers assigned to protect the wild country that became Glacier National Park. Their job was to stop wildfires, timber thieves, squatters, and poachers. Supremely suited to their work, Frank and Fred were skilled woodsmen, natural leaders, and men of rare courage and integrity. Their legacy lives on in the park's protected wild lands and in the ethos of today's forest and park rangers.

160 pages, 6 x 9 , 57 b/w photos, 35 illustrations, 2 map(s), Perfect Bound

ISBN 10: 1560377496
ISBN 13: 9781560377498






First Rangers
The Life and Times of Frank Liebig and Fred Herrig, Glacier Country 1902-1910

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C. W. (Carol) Guthrie's love affair with Glacier began when she and her dad drove the Going-to-the-Sun Road when she was nine years old. For the past twenty-five years, following a career working for the Air Force, she has explored the park and its history and authored or co-authored five books about the park, including All Aboard! for Glacier: The Great Northern Railway; and Glacier National Park Death and Survival in Glacier National Park: True Tales of Tragedy, Courage, and Misadventure; Glacier National Park: The First 100 Years; Glacier National Park Legends and Lore: Along Going-to-the-Sun Road; and Going-to-the-Sun Road: Glacier National Park's Highway to the Sky.

Praise for First Rangers: The Life and Times of Frank Liebig and Fred Herrig, Glacier Country 1902-1910

Guthrie's stories of the first rangers are sure to delight, and perhaps even shock, the modern-day reader. They were unique men indeed, and this book is a fine tribute to their service. And if you've never wrassled a mountain goat, well, read on, and you'll be sure to find out what happens if you try! - Chris Peterson, Editor, Hungry Horse News

Nearly a century after serving as rangers on the new national forest in northern Montana, Frank Liebig and Fred Herrig still have something to say to us. They were, C.W. Guthrie reminds us, that breed of men that Fred's friend Theodore Roosevelt described as 'straight and square and game.' To our good fortune, they loved the land so much they joined the then-new U.S. Forest Service to protect it. Their diaries remind us that it takes hard work and sacrifice (and spouses willing to do the same) to protect such amazing places—as it still does. - James G. Lewis, Forest History Society, author of The Forest Service and the Greatest Good: A Centennial History

An exciting story of the first efforts to begin conservation management of public forest lands in Montana - Dave Stack, historian and archivist, National Museum of Forest Service History

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