Oregon State University. Extension Forestry
Forestry Extension Records
1933-1990 ( inclusive )
1958-1969 ( bulk )
3.5 cubic ft.
The Forestry Extension Records document
the educational programs and research projects pertaining to forests and
forestry, logging, water quality, and recreational land use in Oregon,
primarily during the 1950s and 1960s.
Funding for encoding this
finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for
Although the OSU Extension Service dates to 1911, not until 1944 was a
farm forestry project initiated within Extension. In the late 1940s, the
Extension Service added two foresters to the central staff at OSU. By the early
1980s, the Extension Forestry program included ten county agents and eight
central staff forestry specialists, and was administered by the College of
Forestry. Charles Ross served as Extension Forester from 1946 to 1970.
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
Use of the Collection
Preferred Citation :
Forestry Extension Records (RG 103), Oregon State University Archives,
Organized into 11 series: I. Correspondence; II. Educational Programs;
III. Research Projects; IV. Informational Files; V. Survey Report; VI.
Biographical Sketch of Robert W. Graeber; VII. Monthly Field Reports; VIII.
Contract Services; IX. Situation Studies; X. Program Planning; and XI. Training
Related Materials :
Other record groups pertaining to Forestry and Forestry Extension
include: RG 139 (College of Forestry, Subgroup II [Office of the Dean]), RG 111
(Extension Service), and P 61 (College of Forestry). Related publication series
include Pub 14-3 and 209. The Antone Van Vliet Papers and MC - Forestry
Extension file also contain related materials.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series I: Correspondence, 1962-1975
Circular letters, 1963-1970
County agents, 1962-1970
OSU Extension, 1962-1969
Ross, Charles, 1967-1968
Ross, Charles, Population
control and growth, 1968