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26 www.northmainewoods.org Because of his interest in the Maine woods Paul Nadeau obtained a college degree to be a forester at the University of Maine and was hired as company forester by Seven Islands Land Company in 1971. After nine years as a forester oversee- ing logging operations in the St. John District extending from Estcourt to the Town of Allagash and St. Pamphile Paul left to start his own company of Nadeau Logging in 1980. In his early years during the 1980s and 1990s Paul operated from a fixed base logging camp on the Craigville Road west of Masardis. At that time he operated with hand crews using chainsaws and wood was brought roadside with skidders. PaulalsoownedseveralloggingtrucksunderthenameTimberlineTruckingduringthistimeperiod. Hepurchasedstump- age standing trees from the landowners and marketed the wood he harvested to different wood processing facilities. In later years Paul no longer worked from his logging camp. Harvesting converted from handcrews to mechanized equip- mentandhisoperationswerespreadoutovermanyareasofnorthernMaine. Ratherthansellingstumpagetocontractors wood sales were handled by landowners and Paul was contracted to harvest the wood and bring it roadside. He eventu- ally sold the trucking side of the business to his brother-in-law Bob Plourde who started working in the woods in the late 1970s. Bob now loads trucks for Nadeau Logging. PaulsfamilyrootsareinFortKentwheretheyranabakeryafurniturestoreandfuneralhome.Paulhasasonandadaugh- ter. After nearly 45 years working in the Maine woods Paul semi-retired in June of 2015 and worked out an agreement to transfer the company to his son Jason. Being semi-retired has Paul helping Jason two or three days a week. Jason did not start out with an interest in following in his fathers footsteps. His college studies included sports manage- ment and business. About six years ago he returned to help his father with a plan to eventually take over operations. TodayJasonoperatesfourdaysaweekinthesummerandfourandhalfdaysinthewinter. Thecommonworkdayconsists of leaving home at 4 am and ending operations at 5 pm. While many contractors operate with longer work days and work weeks Jason has an interest in his workers having more family and home time. A majority of his employees and subcon- tractors are under age forty which is a younger average than on many woods operations. A Key Family Operationin Our Working Forest