Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Betty Vanderwielen

Redington weighs in on long-butting

The Seeley Lake Timber Sale 1907-1910


October 8, 2020

National Museum of Forest Service History

The forester is standing next to a felled log that has been cut too long. The position of the axe indicates the six-foot mark where the tree should have been cut. In Big Blackfoot's opinion, the entire eight-foot butt is waste. In Norton's opinion, the felled butt contains merchantable lumber surrounding the center "shake" section plus two-feet more merchantable lumber which possibly contains no shake, though that cannot be determined in this photo.

In 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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