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Mike Newton Oral History Interview. March 15, 2016

Mike Newton Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.

March 15, 2016

Location:  Newton residence, Philomath, Oregon.

Mike Newton (b. 1932) is an Oregon State alum - having completed a master's degree in Forestry in 1959 and a Ph.D. in Botany in 1964 - and also an emeritus member of the OSU Forestry faculty. Over a forty-year career at Oregon State, Newton conducted influential research on weed control in forested settings, work that took him to Vietnam in the early 1970s to investigate the biological impact of Agent Orange. A highly productive scholar, Newton also led long-term studies focusing on competition between tree and plant species in areas of differing rainfall and soil type; tree growth in cold weather climates; and the cultivation of mature forests through managed thinning and harvesting. In his interview, Newton reflects primarily on the research that he has conducted in forested areas all around the world, and on contemporary controversies surrounding forest management. His upbringing in rural New England and his years as a student at Oregon State College are also included as secondary topics.