In 1998, I published a story in High Country News titled, Lagged not Logged. The piece was written about lagged lookout trees from the early 1900's - fire lookout trees in Arizona and other states.
I am currently working on a project which involves traveling to see the remaining trees in Arizona. This piece will contain:
· Historical trees that died or fell, including the Overgaard tree, which succumbed in 2002 to the Rodeo-Chedisky Fire.
· I have been in touch with the USFS, the US Parks Service and the National Register of Historical Places. Paul and I have the coordinates on several lagged trees in the Coconino, Kaibab. Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto Forests in Arizona. We will be traveling and visiting these sites as soon as roads and travel is permitted and I plan to take photos, update GPS coordinates and search for lagged platform trees. Information I search for includes:* How lagged trees were designed and used. These important wonders of history, tell stories of firefighters that located fires in the early 1900’s by sitting like birds for hours in the tops of these trees.
* Specific information for Arizona visitors and explorers about the lagged trees still accessible to backpackers, hikers, photographers and natural history enthusiasts. These amazing old trees have many stories to tell. Their historical value, condition and location is important – before they all fall to the ground.
In case you are interested, here is my original piece from 1998 in Lagged Not Logged.