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Elers Koch by Elers Koch
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Feb 09, 10

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Read from January 30 to February 09, 2010

If you love the American West then read this book. What the mountain men were to the American West of the 19th Century, the forest rangers were to the 20th Century. An interesting melange of disparate chapters of a life well lived. Elers Koch roamed Montana on foot and horseback (without a weapon too!) for forty years from 1903-1943 and saw his territory transformed by roads and the car. Interesting insights into enthusiastic young men on a mission transforming the landscape and preserving for us our forests and wilderness areas of today. Stuff of legends and tall tales whether it be with fires or bears permeate this book. Keen and interesting insights into leading men, battling with bureacracy, and just getting things done. Like the Marine Corps the Forest Service prided itself on its focus on the mission, frugality, innovativeness, and fairness. A book about a man in love with the land and the natural world. I'm ready to hike the Lolo Trail now.
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01/30/2010 page 23
10.45% "Intro by his son who also worked for the NFS."

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