Heartwood

People of the Pacific Northwest have deep and complicated connections with forests.  The OSU Libraries and Press Special Collections and Archives Research Center explores those connections in its latest exhibit: Heartwood: Inquiry and Engagement with Pacific Northwest Forests.

Two organizational threads run through the exhibit. One features the many terms of engagement with the forest – the forest as habitat, provider, sanctuary, studio, laboratory and classroom. The other shows how these engagements have evolved over time, as represented by a timeline of dominant forest systems, events, issues, and legislation.

Forests of the Pacific Northwest were terra incognita to European settlers until a succession of surveys from the late 19th to early 20th century gradually revealed the extent of forest composition and age classes.  Early in U.S. history, the vast scale of the forests of the Oregon Country contributed to a belief in the boundlessness of nature and its infinite exploitability.  Since European settlers arrived here in the mid-19th century, forest “management” in its broadest sense has taken many forms. Policy governing forest management is the product of legislation, litigation, forest planning, and other social processes and forces.

The exhibit features historic forest policy and management documents and maps, poetry by Alison Deming and Jane Hirschfield, artwork by Debbie Kaspari, photographs by Bob Keefer and Tom Iraci, materials from the Gerald W. Williams and James R. Sedell collections and much more.

When asked about the creation of the exhibit, Ruth Vondracek, OSU Natural Resources Archivist, said, “This has been a truly collaborative effort that allowed us to meld history, science and art into a meaningful display.”

The exhibit represents a joint effort of the Special Collections and Archives Research Center, the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word.

Contributors

Art & Photography

Lina DiGregorio
Roy Filloon
Bonnie Hall
Mike Hanemann
Tom Iraci
Debbie Kaspari
Bob Keefer
Al Levno
Chris Pietsch
Sara C. Robinson
Leslie Ryan
Moe Sarlin
K.D. Swan

Poets & Writers

Alison Hawthorne Deming
Vicki Graham
Jane Hirshfield
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Jerry Martien
Robert Michael Pyle
Scott Russell Sanders

Video Clips

C-SPAN Today
Neal Communication
Julia Hoffman

OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center Collections

Gerald W. Williams
James R. Sedell

Exhibit Team

Charles Goodrich
Carly Lettero
Brooke Penaluna
Samuel Schmieding
Fred Swanson
Ruth Vondracek, Team Leader

Hosted by:

OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center

With thanks to:

US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word
OSU Libraries and Press

Special Collections and Archives Research Center

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