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Selway settlers presentation at Kooskia library

     The Friends of the Kooskia Library are hosting a special library presentation Friday evening, Feb. 9 from 1-3 p.m. The program will be in the Kooskia Library and is free to the public. The presentation was originally scheduled in early January but was postponed due to bad weather.

     Forest Service Archaeologist Cindy Schacker will be presenting a slideshow, “Faces of the Selway,” about the people who settled on the Selway River starting in the late 1800s. It should be a very interesting program with lots of photos from the old days.

     Schacker was born in Orofino where at that time her father, Art Seamans, worked in the Timber Program for the Clearwater National Forest at Pierce. In 1975 Seamans was appointed as Ranger of the Moose Creek Ranger District and the family lived at Moose Creek Ranger Station during the summers until 1980 when he transferred to the Hell’s Canyon NRA. In 1992 Schacker began working for the Nez Perce National Forest Heritage Program. She said, “As a result of my wonderful experiences as a child and also as an adult working in the wilderness, I have developed a great appreciation for the history of the area.”

     The Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness is defined by its steep river canyons, crystal clear streams, lush meadows, and high mountain peaks. Those who have lived and worked there are reflections of this rugged and beautiful landscape. Even those fortunate enough to visit for a day walk away with memories of a place never to be forgotten.

     This presentation addresses some of the people who fought for the preservation of this unique wilderness, some who worked there, and a few of the sites that are what make this place so special—historic log cabins, ranger stations, lookouts, and airfields that are as much a part of the fabric of the Selway-Bitterroot as the country itself.


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