Tillamook: A Created Forest Comes of Age
   Some may remember that from 1933 through 1951, a series of major fires struck Oregon's Tillamook country, burning 355,000 acres of virgin forest.
   Collectively known as the Tillamook Burn, the area became the focus of a massive, cooperative reforestation project. The people of the region promised themselves that the new forest would be a gift to "timber forever," as a perpetual tree farm managed by the State of Oregon.
   However, as the Tillamook comes of age in a very different time from the one in which it was created, many issues have arisen about the proper human relationship to nature.
   The first presentation in the Friday night lecture series cosponsored by the Crook County Historical Society and the Friends of the Crook County Library is scheduled for this Friday night March 2 in the Common Room of the Crook County Library starting at 7 p.m.
   The presentation is titled "The Tillamook: A Created Forest Comes of Age". The presenter is Gail Wells.
   Wells' presentation addresses the contrasting philosophical roots of the environmentalist and utilitarian strains of thought, a history of human efforts to protect forests, the role of the story in human interpretations, and the Oregon Department of Forestry's current long-range plans for the Tillamook State Forest.
   The presenter, Gail Wells, grew up in Coos Bay. She is the daughter of a sawmill owner. During the mid-fifties to early sixties she remembers "logs never seemed to stop flowing down out of the hillsides around Coos Bay. It was when I was in college, in the early seventies, that the environmental movement began to make itself felt, and the battles over the remaining old-growth forests in the Northwest were just getting started." She became interested in The Tillmook following college and has studied and written about it extensively.
   Gail Wells is currently the Communications Director at the Office of Development at the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. She has also written the book "The Tillamook: A Created Forest Comes of Age," published by OSU Press in February 1999.
   This program is made possible by funding from the Oregon Council for the Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. There will be copies of "The Tillamook" for sale at the presentation.
   Admission is free. For more information contact the Bowman Museum at 447-3715
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