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Haugan in Mineral County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Savenac Nursery Historic District

 
 
Savenac Nursery Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 9, 2018
1. Savenac Nursery Historic District Marker
Inscription. Creation of the National Forest Service in 1905 brought Elers Koch, one of the nation's first professional foresters, to inspect and evaluate the Forest Reserves of Montana and Wyoming. Appointed Forest Supervisor of the Bitterroot and Lolo National Forests in 1907, Koch happened upon the abandoned homestead of a German settler named Savennach. He thought it a perfect spot to establish a tree nursery. Work began in 1908 and just as the first pine seedlings were ready for transplant in 1910, fire swept through the region scorching 3 million acres of timberland. The nursery was destroyed, but the disaster influenced Forest Service policy, making fire prevention and conservation its primary mission. Reforestation of burned and logged areas figured prominently in that goal. Savenac Nursery was ideally situated along two railroad routes and the historic Mullen Road ran right through the property. The nursery was immediately rebuilt. Circa 1912 national road improvements incorporated the new Yellowstone Trail into this segment of the Mullan Road and in 1916, Savenac shipped several million seedlings to the vast Northern Region. The Civilian Conservation Corps rebuilt and modernized the facility a final time between 1932 and 1948. Savenac became the largest tree nursery in the northwest producing up to twelve million trees annually. The nursery
Savenac Nursery Historic District Marker and Visitors Center and Museum image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 9, 2018
2. Savenac Nursery Historic District Marker and Visitors Center and Museum
operated until regional reorganization brought closure in 1969. Savenac Nursery, where much of the theory and practice of silviculture was pioneered, reflects the conservation ethic of the Forest Service.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Historical Markers marker series.
 
Location. 47° 23.119′ N, 115° 23.741′ W. Marker is in Haugan, Montana, in Mineral County. Marker can be reached from De Borgia-Haugan Frontage Road near Savenac Creek Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Haugan MT 59842, United States of America.
 
More about this marker. The Savenac Nursery Historic District and De Borgia-Haugan Frontage Road can be accessed at Interstate 90, exit 16.
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
Savenac Nursery Bunkhouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 9, 2018
3. Savenac Nursery Bunkhouse
Savenac Nursery image. Click for full size.
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4. Savenac Nursery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 6, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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