‘A Lost Art’: Forest service worker brings traditional methods back to forest management

Bob Beckley loves his work.

“There’s not many places I can get a job blowing things up, cutting things down and occasionally going on a pack trip,” the self-described “low-tech guy” at the Forest Service Technology Development Center admitted. Much of his time is spent writing lesson plans for using traditional tools like crosscut saws and axes. But every so often, he gets to confirm his cutting edges and skills remain sharp.

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