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UMFK receives a collection of vintage forestry books

February 11, 2005


University of Maine at Fort Kent's Blake Library is the recipient of a collection of forestry text books donated by Audrey Muschler, the widow of Arthur F. Muschler who passed away in 2002 at the age of eighty.

Muschler, of Oak Brook, Illinois, was a well-known and dedicated forester and World War II veteran of the United States Army's 10th Mountain Division.

The collection of forestry books, approximately seventy titles, some dating back to the early 1900's, contains three publications by Gifford Pinchot, one of the original foresters in the United States, commonly known as "The Father of Forestry".

Pinchot, who was educated in Germany, was the head of the United States Forest Service. He died in 1946 at the age of eighty-one.

Muschler received forestry degrees from Michigan State University, Yale University, University of Michigan, and The Swiss Federal Technical Institute.

He was an assistant professor at Yale School of Forestry from 1950 to 1953. Muschler served as technical director for the Edward Hines Lumber Company of Chicago until his retirement in 1986.

His professional service included president of the Society for Wood Science and Technology and president for the Forest Products Research Society.

During World War II, Muschler was a combat forward observer with the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division in the northern Italian Alps. He was decorated twice for heroic achievement, received a Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Civilian service included president of the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division from 1989 to 1991 and chairman of the board from 1991 to 1994. He also served as secretary general of the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers from 1992 to 1993.

Jeff Dubis, lecturer of forestry at UMFK, is pleased to have this collection donated to Blake Library.

"This collection includes a number of great references that both students and forestry faculty will find very useful. Some of these books, especially those by Pinchot, are very significant from a historical standpoint and are an important addition to the library," said Dubis.

Another collection of fifty books and manuals on the 10th Mountain Division were presented to the 10th Mountain Division Lodge in Fort Kent. Also in that collection were paintings, prayer books and song books of the division. The materials will be housed at the 10th Mountain Lodge.

Dubis is also affiliated with the 10th Mountain Ski Center in the capacity of club treasurer, chief of course, and community ski coach.