Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

Words of wisdom after 46 years of logging


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Owner of Salmon River Wood, Inc. Joe Fraser received this wooden replica of one of his yarders from his crew for his retirement. It was built by one of his truck drivers.

MISSOULA - After 46 years in the logging business and 35 years as owner of Salmon River Wood, Inc. out of Missoula, Joe Fraser had a few parting words at Pyramid Mountain Lumber's contract logger/landowner/log seller meeting May 3 in Seeley Lake.

When Fraser started logging, he equated it to a rite of passage from a boy to a man.

"It was a man's job. Young guys then wanted to be men. If you took it up and you were reasonably good at it, it gave you a chance to excel in an environment that you thought was worthy. It just so happened I was good at it. I just stayed with it," said Fraser.


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