Logs for schools: Donated timber helps Darby, Montana school district cut heating fuel costs

When Mike Anderson first bought his land west of Darby in 1997, he thought the ponderosa pine growing there would be a cash crop.

He doesn’t think that any more.

This summer when crews were thinning the forest behind his home, Anderson wasn’t quite sure what he was going to do with all the logs they harvested that weren’t worth enough to pay for the gasoline to haul them to Missoula.

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