joel frandsenJoin Joel Frandsen for an exciting evening of local history on Saturday June 8, 2013.

Frandsen’s presentation titled In Search of Lee Sage, Pete Logan’s Son: A Wayne County Outlaw and Movie Star is based on an article by Frandsen published in the Outlaw Trail Journal, Winter 2008 (available through the Uintah County Regional History Center, Uintah County Library, Vernal, Utah).

His engaging presentation will include historical photographs and a movie clip.

Brief Biography

Joel retired (April 07) as the State Forester/Director for the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands in Utah’s Department of Natural Resources. He also is a retiree from the US Forest Service, having served on six different National Forests in four separate states. He is a student of western history, legends and folktales with a passion for the outlaw-lawmen era of the Intermountain West. He has taught classes on The Outlaw Trail at the College of Eastern Utah, and was a member of the Utah Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau from 1999-2006.

Joel is a member of the Wild West History Association, the Utah Historical Society, and the Carbon County Historical Society. Through the College of Eastern Utah, Joel directed the “Re-enactment of the Castle Gate Payroll Robbery” on its one hundredth anniversary in 1997, the “Re-enactment of ‘Butch is Dead,’” the account of the demise of the outlaw Joe Walker and the Butch Cassidy look-alike, Johnny Herring, on its hundred year anniversary in 1998, and in 2001 he organized and directed the program “The End of the Outlaw Trail” in Green River, Utah. In 2004, Joel co-chaired the annual meeting of the Western Outlaws and Lawmen History Association in Price, Utah, and is Co-Chair for the 2013 meeting of the Wild West History Association in Boise Idaho.

He has been active in numerous civic and professional organizations. He is member of the Society of American Foresters and the Society for Range Management. He served and chaired the nation’s Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Committee (Smokey Bear), and served five years on Utah’s State Fire Prevention Board. Joel has written and spoken on various outlaw and lawmen activities and he authored a book of his experiences in managing the National Forests, entitled “Forest Trails and Tales.”

Contact him at:
Wild West Trails and Tales
PO Box 207
Elsinore, Utah 84724