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A McLeod tool is the answer for Week 297 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country. Watch each day for another clue.
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Monday: Can be used two ways
Tuesday: An important tool in a particular profession
Wedesday: Originally had a removable handle for easier storage
Thursday: Also good for trail building
Friday: One side has tines to rake.
The McLeod tool was designed by USFS Ranger Malcolm McLeod of the Sierra National Forest. It has a large hoe like blade on one side and a tined blade on the other. It is used for fighting wildland fires and trail building. It was originally intended for raking fire lines with the teeth and for cutting branches and sod with the sharpened hoe edge. It is useful for removing slough and berm from a trail and tamping or compacting a trail. Because of its shape, it can be used to shape a trail's backslope. It is awkward to transport or store and originally had a removable handle.
At the turn of the 20th century, wildfire equipment development was informal and farmers, ranchers and loggers developed tools for their specific needs. Ideas were often shared between neighbors. The Transfer Act of 1905 brought some focus in equipment development for the Forest Service. McLeod headed that effort.
While it was designed by a ranger working in California forests, the McLeod is useful for fire fighting efforts in the Northwest U.S. as well and is the tool of choice for some because of its versatility.
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