Interview with Roger Bollinger, March 23, 2017

Project: Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project

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Roger Bollinger, a former TVA employee, begins the interview by describing how he was hired at the TVA. Bollinger's educational background is also explored. Bollinger discusses why the TVA became involved in forestry. Bollinger details his first job in TVA forestry in Asheville, North Carolina. The interviewee provides an overview of the TVA's involvement in fire prevention. Bollinger outlines a joint cooperative program between state governments and the TVA to increase the number of seedlings planted in the Tennessee Valley through a seed salesman program. Bollinger outlines his career at the TVA. Additionally, TVA's mine reclamation program and Bollinger's role in the initiative are considered. The reaction of coal companies to the mine reclamation program, the funding sources, challenges with enforcement, and the procedure for active and abandoned mines are discussed. A history of mineral mining in the region is also given. The effects of TVA and its mine reclamation efforts on state laws and the landscape are evaluated. To conclude the interview, Bollinger expresses his gratitude for the opportunities he had as a TVA employee.

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2019oh1664_tvara0008

Interviewee Name

Roger Bollinger

Interviewer Name

Philip Mummert

Interview Date

2017-03-23

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Bollinger, Roger Interview by Philip Mummert. 23 Mar. 2017. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Bollinger, R. (2017, March 23). Interview by P. Mummert. Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Bollinger, Roger, interview by Philip Mummert. March 23, 2017, Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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