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James W. "Jim" Prochnau ( Missoula 1949 )

posted: Jan 17, 2016

Jim, 87, a leader in the Northwest timber industry, died January 9, 2016, in Albany, Oregon, after a three-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He rookied at Missoula in 1949 and was good friends with Leonard Piper. Both are pictured on the cover of Norman McLean’s book Young Men and Fire.

Jim graduated from the University of Washington in forest management. He co-founded Jackson & Prochnau, a forestry consulting company in 1954. He performed consulting work throughout the U.S., Canada, Honduras, Russia and China. His expertise led him to be a highly-sought expert witness in court cases involving timber.