National Geographic : 1956 Sep
303 Skiers Coast down the Roof of an Inn Buried in Oregon Snow Winter guests use tunnels to enter Timberline Lodge, a resort in Mount Hood National Forest. The tract was Douglas fir. Had it been regular national forest, not an experimental area, it would have been put to bid. The win ning operator would have signed a contract with the Forest Service, agreeing to build the logging roads to Service standards. Some times the Government builds the roads. Either way, they remain Government property, for the future use of hunters, fishermen, fire crews, or other loggers. Carl's operator went into the woods under the terms of a negotiated agreement. He assented to the usual Forest Service stipula tions as to good forestry-for example, not to disfigure the hills, lest erosion begin; to halt operations on days of high fire danger; to dispose of waste limbs, tops, and chunks. Now the loggers came in, each crew with a gasoline-driven chain saw. Not for the modern lumberjack is the slow labor of handsawing. The power saw can cut down any but the very largest tree in ten minutes or so (page 316). At points selected for loading the logs onto trucks, spar trees were left standing. Daring high climbers went up these giants to strip them of branches and attach to their tops the long tackles that would be carried out into the woods to bring the timber in to the base of the spar tree. In lumbermen's parlance, this was a "high lead" operation: the tackle angled down from high up, so that it would lift the logs as it pulled, thus keeping them from fouling on rocks and stumps.