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The Clearwater National Forest's first timber sale is the answer for Week 482 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: Cedar poles

Tuesday: A first

Wednesday: Smith Creek

Thursday: 1916-1924

Friday: Clearwater National Forest

Saturday: Many more followed

Monday: Some years there was more than others.

Tuesday: Driven down the Middle Fork to Kooskia

Wednesday: Measured in million board feet (mbf)

Thursday: Came from a sizeable inventory

Friday: Ralph Space research

Saturday: Mills

Ralph Space in his book, The Clearwater Story: The History of the Clearwater National Forest, outlines the early history of timber management. He says that the first timber sale that was offered did not have a buyer. The first actual sale was cedar poles from Smith Creek that were cut between 1916 and 1924. They were driven down the Middle Fork of the Clearwater to a mill. In following years, timber sale totals varied, some just dribbling in and some in millions of board feet.

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