grew up on a ranch near
then served in the
World War II
before matriculating at the
University of Montana.
Upon earning his BS degree in forestry/range in 1950, Mr. Worf began a 31-year career with the
US Forest Service, assuming positions of district ranger on the Ashley NF
staff officer at the
in Ogden, staff officer on the
(Utah), and supervisor of the
In 1965, Mr. Worf was assigned to head the agency’s development of policy for implementing the
1964 Wilderness Act.
Subsequently, he served as director for wilderness, recreation, and lands at the
regional office in
In 1989, Mr. Worf co-founded
Wilderness Watch—the only national environmental organization dedicated to encouraging the government to better care for existing wilderness.
Mr. Worf received the
Keith Corrigall Wilderness Stewardship Award
in 2003 from the
International Journal of Wilderness
in recognition of a lifetime of achievement in wilderness protection and stewardship.
In this video, Bill Worf speaks about social pressure from ranchers and their supporters that he and his wife experienced while he was a Forest Service land manager in Utah during the 1950s.
Recorded in August 2004. This video is an excerpt from Bill Worf’s interview in
Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching