20/35 Year Look Back


September 22, 2022

Pathfinder photo from the Sept. 24, 1987 issue

The Richards family is currently working on a clipper logging operation west of Seeley Lake. Specialized equipment helps them to economically harvest small-diameter lodgepole. Pictured here are twins Jim (left) and Jeff (right) and their dad Ron Richards (center).

In celebration of 36 years of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder, each week we will run parts of articles that appeared in the issue 35 years ago and 20 years ago. The entire issue will be uploaded to our website seeleylake.com for you to enjoy.

35 years ago: September 24 , 1987 issue

Clipper logging: A sign of things to come

by Suzanne Vernon

Loggers in our woods are changing the way they do business and the results appear to be good, both for the loggers and for the land.

Small timber companies are finding themselves caught between old-growth forest management techniques and new innovations fo...

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