By Betty Vanderwielen
Pathfinder 

Pinchot and the beginnings of the United States Forest Service

The Seeley Lake Timber Sale 1907-1910

 

August 13, 2020

Public Domain

Portrait of Gifford Pinchot by Benjamin Johnston, c. 1901.

If the early history of Seeley Lake is intertwined with the lumber industry, the rise of the United States Forest Service is incontrovertibly intertwined with Seeley Lake and in particular with the Big Blackfoot Timber Sale of 1907-1910. Historian and member of the Camp Paxson Preservation Board Gary Williams has been researching that sale. The Seeley Swan Pathfinder will be bringing some of the interesting bits of information he has discovered about logging in the Seeley Lake area and also about the fledgling U.S. Forest Service.

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