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Virgil Weaver

Forestry Pioneer

Virgil started with Montana State Forestry in 1948, following a 4 year assignment as a medic with the U.S. Air Force stationed in Las Vegas. His first assignment with the state was at McGregor Lake west of Kalispell where he assisted with the timber management program. For the next 14 years he assisted with management of state forest lands on the Northwestern Land Office. One particular duty he completed annually in the late 1950s and early 1960s was to work with Tom Vars to harvest all of the Christmas trees used by state forestry and government offices in Missoula and Helena.

In 1962 he became the supervisor of the Swan River State Forest and with Jack Dolan oversaw the construction of the new SRSF Headwaters at Goat Creek in 1963. When needed Virgil also played an essential role in fire suppression activities as did virtually all state forestry employees at that time. He moved to the land office in Kalispell where he eventually became the Chief Scaler for the North Western Land Office. He was instrumental in development of the weight based check scaling system which was much more efficient than the previous practice of scaling 100% of all timber cut from state trust lands.

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