Southwestern Oregon Community College [SWOCC]

Bob, David, and Nick at the Elkhorn Ranch apple orchard on the West Fork Millicoma. April 9, 2020 photo by McKenzie Peters.

F 251 Recreation Resource Management
April 21, 2020

Tasha Livingstone, Instructor, Forestry/Natural Resources
Dr. Bob Zybach, Program Manager,
David Gould, Field Guide, Coos Bay Timber Operators, Inc.
McKenzie Peters, Videographer, NW Maps Co.
Nick, Elliott State Forest Recreationist

This "virtual" field trip is being asembled from recent on-site videotaping, past SWOCC F 251 student reports, ORWW educational websites content, on-site oral history recordings and transcripts, maps, and photographs. The use of most of these materials for this purpose was not anticipated.* Oral history recordings, for example, are highly regarded sources of information by many researchers, but are typically stored in archives and often take 20 or 30 years to gain value. Now they are being used almost immediately, and unexpectedly, as de facto Elliott State Forest tour guides for online students.

These "virtual" field trips are intended to be about 3 1/2 hours or so in length. The principal uses of this time are the current 36-minute video and previously recorded oral history interviews, linked below. These recordings and documents are primarily focused on the perspectives and memories of Jerry Phillips and David Gould. Because of recording circumstances -- including wind, distance from recorder, mumbling, road rock, equipment quality, etc. -- some of the recordings are difficult to understand. It is recommended that headphones or high level volume settings may be helpful to better understand spoken words. If such efforts result in identifying errors in transcriptions, please notify authors so that corrections can be made for future users.

Suggested uses of these resources include first spending 10-20 minutes becoming familiar with the organization and contents of the ORWW Elkhorn Ranch field trip website and the 2019 SWOCC handout; followed by viewing the video while tracing the route on the "virtual" history field trip map -- all linked below. Each of the 11 designated stops can then be revisited by following the links to the oral history recordings while skimming the transcripts and viewing the photographs for specific details useful to the three topics assigned to each student. Specific writings can then be noted by page numbers, whether derived from the transcriptions or linked books, while photos and maps can be identified by individual their filenames.

Any suggestions or recommendations for improving these methods welcomed! Next week's "virtual" field trip #2 will follow the CCC roads to each of the four Elliott lookout locations: Deans Mountain, Cougar Pass, Elk Peak, and Trail Butte.

ORWW Elkhorn Ranch Field Trip Website:

2019 SWOCC Elkhorn Ranch Field Trip Handout (11 pp.):

2020 SWOCC Elkhorn Ranch "Virtual" History Tour Map:

2020 "Virtual" Field Trip #1 Video (35:53):

Stop #1 Larson Redwoods (Video 3:25)

Recording 5-A (0:04 to 22:52)
Transcript 5-A (pp. 1-13)

ADDITIONAL: Herman Larson 1962-1965 oral history transcripts
October 8, 1962 and 1963 (11 pp.)
November 1, 1965 (9 pp.)

Stop #2 Elliott Forest Entry (Video 1:36)

Recording 5-B (0:04 to 13:40)
Transcript 5-B (pp. 26-33)
November 8, 2017 Photos (0947 to 0950: 3)

ADDITIONAL: Caulked Boots and Cheese Sandwiches (Phillips 1998: 1-15):

Stop #3 Trail Butte Crossroads (Video 4:21)

Recording 5-B (13:40 to 34:16)
Transcript 5-B (pp. 33-44)
Jerry Phillips oral history photos (xx-yy)

ADDITIONAL: Caulked Boots and Cheese Sandwiches (Phillips 1998: 91-95):
Recording 9-B (16:20 to 31:33)
Transcript 9-B (pp. 40-48)

Stop #4 Cedar Cabin (Video 3:15)

Recording 5-B (34:16 to 47:30)
Transcript 5-B (pp. 44-50)

ADDITIONAL:Caulked Boots and Cheese Sandwiches (Phillips 1998: 373-374):

Stop #5 Trout Creek (Video 3:25)

Recording 13-A (0:10 to 21:40)
Transcript 13-A (pp. 1-7)
October 10, 2018 Photos (1012 to 1013: 2)

Stop #6 Bob Jacobson Fishing Camp (Video 2:13)

Recording 6-A (5:32 to 14:36)
Transcript 6-A (pp. 54-59)
November 8, 2017 Photos (0951 to 0956: 6):

ADDITIONAL: Recording 8-C (0:44 to 11:50)
Transcript 8-C (pp. 1-5)
October 10, 2018 Photos (1018 to 1029: 10)

Stop #7 Elkhorn Ranch (Video 5:05)

Recording 6-A (14:36 to 47:30)
Recording 6-B (2:33 to 14:53)
6-A/6-B Transcript (pp. 59-83)
November 8, 2017 Photos (0957 to 0969: 9):

ADDITIONAL: The Goulds of Elkhorn (Rickard 1982):
Caulked Boots and Cheese Sandwiches (Phillips 1998: 381-386; 389-402):
Recording 13-A (21:40 to 46:57)
Recording 13-B (0:52 to 23:01)
Transcript 13-A/13-B (pp. 7-18)
October 10, 2018 Photos (1030 to 1037: 7)

Stop #8 Jerry Phillips Reserve (Video 3:39)

Recording 2-B (20:20 to 35:08)
Transcript 2-B (pp. 31-36)
October 10, 2017 Photos (0883 to 0887: 4)

ADDITIONAL: December 18, 2019 State Land Board Testimony (Zybach et al. 2019: 3-4, 6):
Caulked Boots and Cheese Sandwiches (Phillips 1998: 407-409):

Stop #9 Indian Trail Spring (Video 1:15)

Recording 2-B (3:55 to 8:15)
Transcript 2-B (pp. 41-44)
October 10, 2017 Photos (0888: 1)

ADDITIONAL: Caulked Boots and Cheese Sandwiches (Phillips 1998: 18):

Stop #10 North Marlow Ridge Clearcut (Video 0:37)

Recording 2-A (7:08 to 20:20)
Transcript 2-A (pp. 25-31)
October 10, 2017 Photos (0874 to 0882: 8)

ADDITIONAL: Caulked Boots and Cheese Sandwiches (Phillips 1998: 185-188; 2017-210):

Stop #11 Boehner Railroad Logging Camp (Video 3:21)

Recording 1-B (0:50 to 12:22)
Transcript 1-B (pp. 1-4)
October 10, 2017 Photos (0864 to 0867: 4)

ADDITIONAL: Lost in Coos (Youst 2011):
Caulked Boots and Cheese Sandwiches (Phillips 1998: 381-386; 389-390):

*NOTE: This is our first effort at creating a "virtual" field trip without anyone actually being present. It is being created on very short notice with limited resources. The video, for example, was shot entirely with an Android smartphone while learning to use inexpensive online editing software to put it together. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic and resulting restrictions, it is nearly impossible to acquire needed technical assistance, expertise, or equipment repair; even if an operating budget had existed for such unexpected circumstances. The very bright side of this situation -- necessity being the mother of invention -- is that it creates a video production model that can be used by students with relatively little training or personal expense. Also, this effort marks a beginning point for Oregon students and others at later times or more distant locations to learn about the management of local natural and cultural resources with documented historical and contemporary expert insight.

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