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By Colleen Kesterson

Kesterson Liked Physical Work in Woods

Logging Stories

Series: Logging Stories | Story 1

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Kesterson sawing a fallen tree on his Salmon Prairie property recently.

SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley resident Wes Kesterson started logging with his father Buck Kesterson when he was around 12 years old. After spending nearly 15 years, as a logger in the Swan Valley, the biggest change Kesterson has seen in the industry is that logging equipment is more efficient and has made logging safer.

Kesterson learned how to log on his grandmother's property located on the Swan River at Salmon Prairie. He helped his father with salvage logging jobs around the Swan Valley with the U.S. Forest Service or private landowners. They harvested timber lying on the ground or nearly...

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