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Gilbert Shibley Oral History Interview. November 10, 2015

Gilbert Shibley Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.

November 10, 2015

Location:  Shibley residence, Estacada, Oregon.

Gilbert Shibley was born in Estacada, Oregon in 1938 on land that his family homesteaded in 1863. After spending a decade teaching Biology at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, Shibley returned to the family property and found work as a 4-H Extension Agent in Multnomah and Columbia Counties. After retiring in 1990, Shibley became increasingly interested in family forestry, completing the Extension Service's Master Woodland Manager program in 1993, and ultimately moving into a half-time position as Extension Forestry Assistant for Clackamas County, from which he retired in 2008. Shibley's interview details his deep family ties to the Estacada area and concentrates, in large part, on his experiences managing the family property and working to educate other family foresters on issues of resource management, taxation, and political action.