He has, however, and the result is a 224-age book titled “Regurgitations of a Montana Woodsman” in which he writes on such topics as his accident and the efforts to rehabilitate his body and continue as an active outdoorsman and woodsman, about his close-knit family, some of his outdoor experiences, and a number of humorous episodes from his days of working as a forester. The book, published by Stoneydale Press of Stevensville, is a collection of reminisce, humor and hard-hitting commentary on the state of the wood products industry in Montana – all intended to demonstrate the triumph of the human spirit as well as the joy of living with the fact of having to cope with circumstances beyond one’s control.
Thomas’ book chronicles his personal journey since he came to Montana from the Midwest to attend the School of Forestry at the University of Montana in the late 1960's and subsequently launched into a life-long career as a “Montana woodsman”. Chapters in his book cover a variety of his experiences as a forester working not only for large timber corporations in western Montana but also for himself once he went into business on his own. Among the more significant chapters deal with Thomas’ analysis and recommendations as to where the wood products industry should look to strengthen its future in the coming years. He has, as he outlines in the book, personally attended more than 543 public and professional meetings involving forestry and several of the more illuminating chapters in the book deal with changes the author has made in his own understanding of the issues, and potential solutions, over the years.