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Harsh terrain and freezing winters made logging a seasonal occupation in the Adirondacks until the mid-twentieth century.

In the fall loggers cut, barked, and skidded trees and cleared hauling roads.

By January the snow was deep enough for hauling loads of logs. Men loaded logs from skidways onto sleds and hauled them to rollways and banking grounds.

As soon as the ice went out of lakes, holding ponds, and rivers in the spring, river drivers released logs downstream to the mills.

Cutting began in May for hemlock operations. In pulp and sawlog operations, the camp foreman organized crews to build lumber camps and roads in late summer in preparation for fall cutting.

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