Kirsten Shockey en Plane Crashes in Red Butte Wilderness, Killing All Four Aboard <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;It was mid-afternoon, July 28, 1945, when Rob Armstrong took off in his Stinson airplane from Red Butte, Calif. His three passengers were Sylvan Gosliner, a San Francisco businessman, his wife, Ruby, and her sister, Alma Pratt.</span></p><div> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:28:08 +0000 Kirsten Shockey 14704 at Indian Weavers Use Fire to Grow New Bear Grass <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Southern Oregon and Northern California Indians wove tawny colored baskets out of bear grass, a member of the lily family still used by weavers today. &nbsp;It resembles grass, but has a thick underground stem with shoots and roots that were eaten by various tribes and black bears that wallow in the dense clumps.</span></p><div> Fri, 02 May 2014 15:21:00 +0000 Kirsten Shockey 11217 at Regional Botanical Diversity Includes Canyon Live Oak <p></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Southern Oregon and Northern California’s botanical diversity includes the Canyon Live Oak, one of the earliest known oak species to evolve in North America. &nbsp;Fossil records suggest the resilient and adaptable tree migrated to the region from Mexico.&nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:34:00 +0000 Kirsten Shockey 9723 at Timber Companies Acquire Land through Homestead Act <p></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In January 1900, Friedrich Weyerhauser founded the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company in Longview, Wash., with 900,000 acres of Washington timberland. From there the company purchased large tracks of railroad lands for sale by the government and became the world’s largest private timberland owner.</div><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:18:00 +0000 Kirsten Shockey 3513 at O & C Timber Debate Dates Back to 1937 <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today’s debate over how much timber to harvest on land formerly held by the Oregon and California Railroad dates back to 1937 when the federal government reclaimed 2.6 million acres of forest land it had given railroads 71 years earlier.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:50:43 +0000 Kirsten Shockey 213 at