Ken Swanstrom has been logging in his native northwest Montana for 40 years. He operates one “side,” a side being a set of machines that works in one area at a time. Two and three side operations working in different locales are rare today because it is difficult to justify the equipment cost, which can run from $500,000 to $1 million per machine. Mr. Swanstrom’s single side operation has six machines and four operators. In this interview, he answers questions about his the nature of his work, which veers very close to the kind of forest restoration work Montana’s forest collaboratives envision.