Royal G. Jackson was a faculty member in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University from 1970 until his retirement in 2004. Jackson taught courses in recreation resource management and nature-based tourism; his research interests included forest history, nature-based tourism, and protected area management, especially international parks and reserves. He pursued research projects in the western United States and in Costa Rica. As part of his research, Jackson conducted numerous oral history projects pertaining to the history of forestry, specifically, the Oregon State University College of Forestry, the McDonald-Dunn Research Forest and the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) Camp Arboretum in Benton County, Oregon and the Winema National Forest, Klamath, Oregon. Other oral histories focused on Soap Creek Valley in Benton County, Oregon; Basques in Harney County, Oregon; nature- based tourism or ecotourism in Deschutes County, Oregon and in Costa Rica; and the Battle of the Bighorn from the perspective of the Northern Cheyenne descendants. The majority of his projects were published as monograph series. Jackson earned his BA in 1960 from the University of New Mexico, an MA in 1965 from Western New Mexico University, and his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1971.
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