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United States Forest Service/Homestake Timber Contracts

United States Forest Service/Homestake Timber Contracts
Image Courtesy of Deadwood History, Inc. Homestake Mining Company Collection.

For the Homestake Mining Company (HMC), timber production was a vital component of the success of the mine as well as the lasting endurance of the National Forest in the area. In 1897, a plan for timber harvest was created and presented to the HMC by Gifford Pinchot, an agent of the Department of the Interior. The plan was approved in 1899, creating Timber Case No. 1, which constituted the first regulated timber harvest and sale from Federal Forest Reserves.

The original building and site of the first sawmill of the Homestake Timber Division where logs were processed from the first harvest of U.S. Forest Service Case #1.

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