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REAL Montana program learns about timber industry; graduates natural resource leaders


Darcia Patten

Graduates of REAL Montana Class II. Front: Lacey Ehlke, Molly Schwend, Nicole Rolf, Tracy Mosley, Chaley Harney. Middle: Paul Babb, Katie Cooper, Darcia Patten, Karli Johnson, Megan Hedges, Jill Herold. Back: Tom Hougen, Jacob Smith, Nick Miller, Bryan Lorengo, Brian Marler, LaVon Wagler, Blaine Juedeman (not pictured Maggie Nutter).

Powder River County resident Darcia Patten just returned from Kalispell as part of REAL Montana (Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership). For Darcia and other members of REAL Montana Class II, this was the final session in their two-year educational program.

The seminar was held May 11-12, and experts presented on the current state of the Montana timber industry, forest health, state and federal regulation, trade, and how timber harvest impacts local economies. The class toured a timber harvest site, the F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber sawmill, Weyerhaeuser MDF plant, F.H. Stoltze Tru...

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