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History of MLA

Rooted in Montana's past

Logging has long played a vital role in Montana history. It is a pillar of our heritage. To help maintain the vitality of this industry and support those who depend on it for their livelihood, the Montana Logging Association was formed and incorporated in Deer Lodge, Montana in 1976.

The original incorporators were John E. Bruns of Dillon, Donald Wozny of Townsend, Calvin Stokes of Deer Lodge, Don Moullet of Livingston, Art Perry of Belgrade, Donald Roedel of Dillon, and Dong G. Buck of Deer Lodge.

In our early years, the office of the MLA was housed by the president who typically served a two-year term. In 1998, land was purchased east of Kalispell on Montana Hwy 35 and an office was built to accommodate eight employees. Our organization has grown to include over 600 members who all stand tall in support of logging. Together, we will carry the heritage of this profession into the future.