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Forestry Extension Records, 1933-1990

Scope and Content Note

Of note are series I-IV, and X. Series I includes circular letters, general correspondence and correspondence between the Extension Forester and the Director of the Extension Service, as well as the County Extension Agents. Other correspondence files pertain to agencies outside the University and are organized by subject such as private forestry organizations and extension service agencies in other states. Of special interest in the correspondence, particularly in the letters of Charles Ross, are references to the issue of national population control and growth. Series II pertains to educational programs administered by Forestry Extension such as short courses and forest conservation tours for school children.

Series III documents several research projects undertaken by Forestry Extension from the 1960s through the 1980s. Several projects concern the impact of forests and lumbering upon streams and rivers; one major project pertains to the Alsea Basin. Series IV includes general information on forest related topics such as camping and the outdoors, sawmills and lumbering equipment, and forestation. Series V is a 1986 survey summary pertaining to the effectiveness of Forestry Extension programs in Oregon. Series VI is a biographical sketch of North Carolina extension forester Robert W. Graeber. Series VII consists of monthly field reports of Oregon extension work recorded by Extension Forestry Specialist Charles Ross.

Series VIII contains correspondence, a report, and returned questionnaires relating to the development by the Extension Service of contract services for woodland properties. Series IX consists of situation studies primarily addressing options in land use including forestry co-ops and recreational use of private farm and woodlands. Series X covers program planning topics such as a long range farm forestry plan and includes county planning council recommendations, group process guides, and plan of work reports. Series XI contains correspondence, memoranda, and reports relating to the informational role of extension agents and forestry education in secondary schools.

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