John R. Moore
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Superintendent of Big Ben National Park, 1971-1977, founder of Arizona State Park System, lifelong conservationist.
Summary of Interview
Part of Big Bend National Park Oral History Project; explains personal interest in conservation; details physical conditions of park, employee morale, and criminal activities present in Big Bend upon becoming superintendent; tells anecdote about collision of Lady Bird Johnson's airplane with an antelope; discusses ecology of park; offers perspectives on overgrazing and ecological restoration; creation of Big Bend wilderness areas; relations between Mexican citizens and government officials.
Date of Interview
Length of Interview
2 hours and 45 minutes
Length of Transcript
Interview with Joseph Carithers by John R. Moore, 1994, "Interview no. 851," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.