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Paul Uken

Paul UkenForestry Pioneer

Paul Uken aka; “Uke” or “Tall Paul” began his logging safety career in 1986 by heading up the Sawyer Safety Program through Flathead Valley Community College. Prior to that he had been a professional timber faller from 1972 to 1986. His career as a faller occurred on the Thompson River Drainage west of Kalispell, Montana where he became very adept at falling large diameter old growth timber. He ended his felling career as the saw boss for a six man felling crew.

He was approached to apply for the directorship of the Sawyer Safety Program the summer of 1986 which ran until 1991. He was hired by the Montana Logging Association in the fall of 1991 to be one of two Field Safety Representatives. Since then the duties of Field Safety Representative have expanded to include member services in a number of professional capacities. In 2011 Paul was the winner of Wood Pecker Award presented by the Northwestern Montana Hoo Hoo Club.  This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to the people and communities that comprise the logging profession.

Paul retired from the MLA in 2012, and then spent several fire seasons helping DNRC as a Heavy Equipment Specialist.   Currently, Paul and his wife Fran live and play in Columbia Falls.


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