By Steve Lamar
of The Upper Swan Valley Historical Society 

Bud Moore's passion for wild country


January 4, 2024

Well-known author and forester Bud Moore began trapping at the age of fourteen and spent several winters in the 1930s running trap lines in the Lochsa backcountry. After working over 40 years with the US Forest Service, he retired in 1974. Anxious to get back to his roots and the land, he and his wife Janet moved to Swan Valley where they managed their 80-acre Coyote Forest. Later, he wrote the book, The Lochsa Story: Land Ethics in the Bitterroot Mountains.

Beginning in 1983 at the age of 66, he spent a couple of winters living out of a tent near Palisade Creek in the Bob Marshall Wilderne...

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