Listening to the Land: Protecting Oregon’s Crown Jewels
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Join cultural anthropologist Doug Deur for a discussion about Oregon’s state parks, visionary founding parks superintendent Samuel Boardman, and conservation on Oregon’s north coast.
The northern coast of Oregon contains some of the most spectacular parks to be found in the state—Ecola, Oswald West, Saddle Mountain, and others—together representing some the most scenic state-protected places in the nation. Yet, even on the eve of the Great Depression, most of these lands were still slated for other uses: military posts, commercial timber harvest, real estate development. They were set aside for the benefit of all Oregonians through the visionary efforts of a few people who understood that the Northwest would soon change forever.