Editor’s Note: McKenzie Peters has been working with Bob Zybach on his Oregon Watersheds and Websites project since 2012. Most recently, she has helped Zybach film an interview with David Gould and Jerry Phillips, two “dinosaurs” who know the history of the Elliott State Forests better than anyone. We asked her to tell us the story of her involvement in her own words. This is it – and it’s a delightful read.
The Elliott is easily one of the most productive timber growing forests on earth, but it is currently embroiled in a nasty controversy rooted in politically driven harvest declines dictated by environmentalists and the State Board of Forestry. Counter suits by county school districts that have lost funding are also on deck.
We profiled Zybach’s voluminous research in two recent essays profiling his Master’s thesis and his PhD dissertation. More can be found in our three Carl Stoltenberg essays.
For the past five years I have been working as an oral historian, field research assistant, and documentary videographer with a focus on the Elliott State Forest.
In 2008 I was a 16-year-old member of the last graduating class from Blue Mountain School, a rural charter…