Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

Girard innovates his way through Forest Service ranks

The Seeley Lake Timber Sale 1907-1910


November 19, 2020

National Museum of Forest Service History

Jim Girard (1879-1952) known as the patriarch of national forest timber cruising. His point system to measure tree size is still used today.

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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