Guide to the Donald B. Zobel Collection of Historic Forestry and Vegetation Maps
1914-1989

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Zobel, Donald B.
Title: Donald B. Zobel Collection of Historic Forestry and Vegetation Maps
Dates: 1914-1989 ( inclusive )
1950-1980 ( bulk )
Quantity: 1.5 cubic feet, including 151 maps (2 boxes, including 1 oversize box, and 6 map folders)
Collection Number: MSS ZobelMaps
Summary: The Donald B. Zobel Collection of Historic Forestry and Vegetations Maps consist of maps assembled and created by Zobel for his research in forest ecology and for teaching; the bulk of the maps depict forests in Oregon and northern California. Zobel was a faculty member in the Oregon State University Department of Botany and Plant Pathology from 1968 until 2003.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165
Email: archives@oregonstate.edu
Web: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives

Languages: Materials in English. 

Biographical Note

Donald B. Zobel was a faculty member in the Oregon State University Department of Botany and Plant Pathology from 1968 until his retirement in 2003. Zobel's research area was forest ecology; he worked on projects concerning the water relations of trees in the Himalayas and in North America and the recovery of plants buried by volcanic debris at Mount St. Helens.

William W. Chilcote was Professor of Botany at Oregon State University from 1950 to 1981.

Content Description

The Donald B. Zobel Collection of Historic Forestry and Vegetation Maps consists of maps assembled, annotated, or created by Zobel for his research and teaching in forest ecology and botany. Some of the maps were assembled by William W. Chilcote, his students, and other Botany Department faculty. Most of the maps are of Oregon, including McDonald Forest and the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, and northern California. However, the collection includes maps of forest types in midwestern states, a vegetation map of North America, and map of initial damage from the May 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens, Washington.

The primary topics addressed by the maps are forest types, forest and vegetation cover, timber stands, soils and erosion. These include maps of a cutbank stability reconnaissance survey in the Siskiyou National Forest in the 1960s, the California soil vegetation survey in the 1950s and 1960s, and research on the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest by Jerry Franklin and Ted Dyrness in the 1960s. The collection also includes general purpose forest, recreation, and topographic maps. Of particular note are a map of the of road system on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation (1962); a topographic map of the Three Sisters, Oregon, prepared by Edwin T. Hodge (1925); and a 1914 maps of the state of Oregon published by the Oregon State Board of Forestry. A map of the vegetation of North America prepared by John W. Harshberger in the 1910s is also included.

The collection includes maps prepared by the Oregon State University College of Foresty and OSU Research Forests; the U.S. Forest Service; the Oregon Department of Forestry; the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Geological Survey; and the California Division of Foresty.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Donald B. Zobel Collection of Historic Forestry and Vegetation Maps, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The Zobel Collection of Historic Foresty and Vegetation Maps is arranged in five series: I. McDonald Forest, 1989; II. H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, 1959-1969; III. Oregon Forest Maps, 1914-1980; IV. California Soil Vegetation Survey, 1950-1970; and V. Other Maps, circa 1915-1980.

Acquisition Information :  

The maps were donated to the OSU Libraries in 2008.

Related Materials :  

The OSU Archives' holdings include many other collections documenting forestry in Oregon and the northwest. Other collections with significant components of maps are the Gerald W. Williams Collection; Spotted Owl Management, Policy, and Research Collection; and the Environmental Remote Sensing Applications Laboratory Records (RG 218). Substantive materials pertaining to McDonald Forest are part of the College of Forestry Records (RG 139). Zobel's work with the Oregon Flora Project is documented in the Donald B. Zobel Papers.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  McDonald Forest, 1989
2 sheets

Series I consists of an annotated map showing eco plots in the Soap Creek Tract of McDonald Forest; many of the plots include hemlock. An index map of the College of Forestry Research Forests is also included.

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Series II:  H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, 1959-1969
9 sheets

Series II consists of maps compiled and assembled for research on timber stands and watersheds in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the central Oregon Cascades.

Container(s)
Description
Folder
4 Locations of Abies grandis, circa 1969
Locations of recon plots by Jerry Franklin and Ted Dyrness in late 1960s annotated by Zobel with locations of Abies grandis as part of his research on Abies grandis - A. concolor populations in the central Oregon Cascades that was published in the mid-1970s.
4 Watershed studies, 1959-1969
7 sheets
Maps at various scales including 1 cm = 1 m. Maps of the Hi-15 watersheds (watersheds 6, 7, and 8) and watershed 2 showing timber stand conditions. Also includes map showing vegetation sampling plots by Jerry Franklin and Ted Dyrness.
5 Watershed (WS) 10 Map
Stem map of one of the most intensively studied sites in the Andrews Forest. Mapping of trees, downed logs, and stumps was done by Glenn Hawk and others.

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Series III:  Oregon Forest Maps, 1914-1980
69 sheets

Series III consists of forest type and forest cover maps of portions of Benton and Polk Counties; maps from a cutbank stability reconnaissance survey in the Siskiyou National Forest; maps of fire protection districts in western Oregon; and other maps of Oregon forests. Of particular note are a 1914 Oregon map published by the Oregon State Board of Forestry and a 1921 map of national forests in Oregon and northern California.

Container(s)
Description
Box
1 Siskiyou National Forest Cutbank Stability Reconnaissance Survey, 1963-1965
18 sheets
Map scale 1:62,500. Also includes report by Richard J. Alvis, Soil Scientist with Division of Watershed Management, that outlines objectives, procedures, and limitations of study; cutbank stability classes; and erosion potential classes.
1 Forest Type Maps for Alsea-Rickreall, Columbia River, and Siuslaw River Master Units, circa 1957-1961
33 sheets
Scales of 1 inch = 1000 feet and 2 inches = 1 mile. Base maps prepared by U.S. Department to Interior Bureau of Land Management. Maps are hand-colored and annotated.
1 Recreation Map of the Cascade National Forest, Oregon, 1921
1 West Oregon Protection District, 1968
2 sheets
Prepared by Oregon State Forestry Department.
1 Western Lane Forest Protection District, 1969
Prepared by Oregon State Forestry Department.
2 William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge Vegetation, circa 1980
Folder
fldr 1 Waldport Ranger District, Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon, Fireman Map, 1968
Prepared by U.S. Forest Service.
Folder
fldr 2 Coos Forest Protection District, 1950
Scale 0.5 inch = 1 mile. Prepared by Coos Forest Protective District Headquarters, Coos Bay, Oregon.
Folder
fldr 2 Polk, Benton, Lincoln Counties State Forest Land Ownership, 1967
Scale 0.5 inch = 1 mile. Prepared by Oregon State Forestry Department; original edition 1960, updated 1967.
Folder
fldr 2 Sweet Home Ranger District, Willamette National Forest, Oregon, Firemans Map, 1976
Folder
fldr 2 National Forests District 6, 1921
Scale 1 inch = 12 miles. Includes Oregon and northern California. Prepared by U.S. Forest Service.
Folder
fldr 3 Forest Type Map Alsea-Rickreall and Columbia River Master Unit T7S R7W, 1958
Scale 1 inch = 1000 feet. Prepared by U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management.
Folder
fldr 3 Forest Cover Map Benton County T14S R6W, 1968
Scale 1:12,000. Prepared by Oregon State Tax Commission.
Folder
fldr 3 Forest Cover Map Polk County, undated
5 sheets
Sheets for following townships and ranges: T6S R7W; T7S R6W; T7S R7W; T8S R6W; and T9S R7W.
Folder
fldr 6 Map of the State of Oregon, 1914
Published by the Oregon State Board of Forestry; compiled by Theodore Rowland under direction of F.A. Elliott, State Forester. Item is very brittle and fragile.

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Series IV:  California Soil Vegetation Survey, 1950-1970
54 sheets

Series IV consists Soil Vegetation Maps, Timber Stand Vegetation Cover Maps, and legends and supplementary information created as part of the California Soil Vegetation Survey during the 1950s and 1960s. The soil vegetation maps are of Humboldt County; the timber stand vegetation cover maps depict areas of both Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. All maps are at a scale of 1:31,680. The California Cooperative Soil-Vegetation Survey documented the types of upland soils and the natural cover of trees, shrubs, grasses, and other vegetation. It was a joint project of the California Division of Foresty, the University of California, and the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station.

Container(s)
Description
Box
1 Soil Vegetation Maps, 1960-1962
21 sheets
1 Timber Stand Vegetation Cover Maps, 1950-1962
32 sheets
2 Legends and Supplementary Information, 1955-1970
2 folders

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Series V:  Other Maps, circa 1915-1980
17 sheets

Series V consists of non-forest maps of Oregon as well as forest and vegetations maps of areas other than Oregon. These include forest type maps for midwestern states prepared by the North Central Forest Experiment Station of the U.S. Forest Service. Of special note are a 1962 road map for the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and a 1925 topographic map of the Three Sisters, Oregon.

Container(s)
Description
Box
1 Topographic Map of the Three Sisters, Oregon, 1925
By Edwin T. Hodge, University of Oregon.
Folder
fldr 1 Map of Detroit, Sisters, Bend Area, 1954
Scale 0.5 inch = 1 mile. By H. Hayes.
Folder
fldr 1 Map of Bend, Crescent Area, 1955
Scale 0.5 inch = 1 mile. By H. Hayes.
Folder
fldr 1 Indian Service Road System within the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Warm Springs, Oregon, 1962
Prepared by U.S. Department of Interior.
Major Forest Types for Midwestern States, 1965-1986
Scale 1:1,000,000,000. Prepared by North Central Forest Experiment Station of the U.S. Forest Service.
Box
1 1965-1985
7 sheets
Includes maps for Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Folder
fldr 1 1977-1986
4 sheets
Includes maps for Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Folder
fldr 2 Initial Damage Map for Mt. St. Helens, 1980
Scale 1:100,000. Prepared from aerial photos taken June 19, 1980 by U.S. Geological Survey.
Folder
fldr 6 Vegetation of North America, circa 1910s
Classroom map prepared by John W. Harshberger and published by Rand McNally.

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Subjects

      • Subject Terms :
      • Forest mapping--Oregon.
      • Forest reserves--Oregon--Maps.
      • Forests and forestry--Oregon--Maps.
      • Soil surveys--California--Humboldt County.
      • Vegetation mapping--California--Del Norte County.
      • Vegetation mapping--California--Humboldt County.
      • Geographical Names :
      • H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (Or.)--Maps.
      • McDonald Forest (Or.)--Maps.
      • Oregon--Maps.
      • Saint Helens, Mount (Wash.)--Maps.
      • Siskiyou National Forest (Or. and Calif.)--Maps.
      • Three Sisters (Or.)--Maps.
      • Warm Springs Indian Reservation (Or.)--Maps.
      • Form or Genre Terms :
      • Maps.
        • Other Creators :
        • Chilcote, William W.
        • Dyrness, C. T.
        • Franklin, Jerry F
        • Harshberger, John W. (John William), 1869-1929.
        • Hodge, Edwin T. (Edwin Thomas), b. 1887.
        • California. Division of Forestry.
        • Geological Survey (U.S.)
        • Oregon State University. College of Forestry.
        • Oregon. Dept. of Forestry.
        • OSU Research Forests.
        • United States. Bureau of Land Management.
        • United States. Dept. of the Interior.
        • United States. Forest Service.

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