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Barbara Buentemeier

Forestry Pioneer

BarbBuentemeier2.jpgBarbara has been one of the most influential women in the Forest Products Industry for Montana and across the Western United States for that matter.  Barbara arrived in Montana in 1946 as a young girl and her parents settled in Columbia Falls, Montana.  Out of high school she married into a logging family and spent her early years cooking for her husband’s logging crew in the North Fork of the Flathead River near Coal Creek.  She kept the books for their logging operation and road construction company and raised 2 children while juggling 4-H Clubs and various other jobs. 

In 1975, she was remarried to Ronald Buentemeier, forester for F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company.  At this point, Barbara became a very active advocate for the timber products industry and she was the first President of the Montana Women in Timber Chapter which she helped start in 1979.  She went on to serve as President of the Federated Women in Timber which included 12 Western States and thousands of active women at the time.  Her work took her to Washington D.C. where she and other Federated Women in Timber were lobbyists helping inform legislators of the importance of forest management. 

The Montana Logging Association honored Barbara in 1985 as the “Woman of the Year” for her efforts and hard work to promote education regarding forestry, forest products, and benefits of forest management to local Montana communities and schools.  She enjoyed setting up education projects, fair displays and working on annual funding for Women in Timber as well as Family Forestry Expo.  Barbara was a very creative and organized individual and blessed the Women in Timber group with many innovative ideas and talents.  She was a great example of making sure people received a positive message about the Timber Industry and emphasized how important it is to the health of our families, our communities, our forests and our country!

Barbara Buentemeier was born April 15th, 1932, and passed away December 19th, 2011.


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