Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Betty Vanderwielen

Ross rejects Forest Service's definition of fair

The Seeley Lake Timber Sale 1907-1910


October 22, 2020

Harry Dengler Collection. Archives & Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana

This log landing for the Seeley Lake timber is believed to be just south of the Big Larch Campground. The landing held the continuing accumulation of logs until spring thaw, when they could be tumbled into the lake and driven to the mill in Bonner.

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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