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Lorin Hearst


Lorin HearstForestry Pioneer

Born in Thompson Falls Montana Lorin's work with the USFS began in 1944 when he was 16. His first summer with the Forest Service was spent on a lookout west of Thompson Falls, where he was up 62 days and got down once. He spent the summer of 1944 doing trail maintenance, telephone line maintenance and fighting fires. He worked for the Forest Service every summer from 1946-1953.

In 1949 he married Ina McCann. Together they had four children, and now have 3 grandsons.

Lorin earned a student pilot's license while in high school, then put this to use when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Corps in 1944. After the war, he went to the University of Montana and graduated in 1953 with a degree in Forest Management. His education also took him to North Carolina, Michigan, Oregon, Washington and Idaho where he took advanced forestry and wood utilization courses. After graduation, Lorin was appointed as Assistant Ranger at Plains and then was transferred to the Gallatin Forest and the Squaw Creek Ranger Station south of Bozeman as Assistant Ranger.

In late 1956 Lorin was offered a job with a lumber company in Plains as a forester. His main job was to examine timber sales but he also helped out wherever needed including working in the sawmill and working in the woods. After the war, Lorin had gotten his private pilot's license and the lumber company had a Super Cub which he flew whenever needed looking at timber sales, going for machine parts in Missoula, Kalispell or Spokane, or taking men from one job to another.

Because the company was a family affair, there were few opportunities for advancement so in the spring of 1959 Lorin went back to work for the Forest Service. His first job was titled "Regional Check Scaler" and he checked the Forest Service log scalers and timber cruisers in Montana, North Idaho and Northeastern Washington for accuracy in determining sale area timber volumes and harvested log volumes.

In January 1961 he was transferred to St. Maries Idaho as Ranger on the St. Joe National Forest and then later was transferred back to the Missoula Regional Office.

After retiring from the Forest Service in 1982 he did consulting work in Montana, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Minnesota. Lorin and Ina did quite a bit of traveling and in June of 2007 before his death they celebrated their 58th anniversary. Lorin passed away in August 2007 in Missoula.

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