The Owl Ridge Trails Project:

Location and Documentation of Primary Travel, Trade, and Resource Use Trails of the Santiam Molalla
in the South Santiam River and Blue River, Oregon Headwaters, from 1750 to 1850


Mission Statements of Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

The mission of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde staff is to improve the quality of life for Tribal people by providing opportunities and services that will build and embrace a community rich in healthy families and capable people with strong cultural values. Through collective decision making, meaningful partnerships and responsible stewardship of natural and economic resources, we will plan and provide for a sustainable economic foundation for future generations.

The mission of Site Protection is to manage our cultural resources in accordance with our traditions, applicable laws, regulations, and professional standards, wherever they occur on our tribal lands, our ceded lands, and within our traditional usual and accustomed gathering places.

The Cultural Collection program's mission is to preserve and perpetuate the cultural heritage of the original tribes of the Grand Ronde community by acquiring, managing, and protecting tribally affiliated collections through exhibition, loan, and repatriation.

The Cultural Education program's mission is to preserve and perpetuate the cultural and linguistic heritage of the original tribes of the Grand Ronde community.

Mission of Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project, Inc.

Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project, Inc. shows students how to use Internet communications and scientific methodology to help manage Oregon's natural and cultural resources. Students are encouraged to use computer technology, historical documentation, scientific reasoning, community outreach, environmental enhancement projects, and effective long-term monitoring strategies to help make decisions which affect Oregon's quality of life.



This project was authorized and funded by the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde: Cheryle A. Kennedy, Chairwoman; Reynold L. Leno; Jack Giffen, Jr.; Steven L. Bobb, Sr.; Chris Mercier; June Sell-Sherer; Valorie Sheker; Wink Soderberg; and Kathleen Tom.

The project could not have been started or completed without the direct encouragement, help, patience, and persistence of Pat Allen, Bob Tom, and David Lewis of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and of Wayne Giesy, Jeanne Gay, and Stuart Hemphill of Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project, Inc.

Other important individuals that were critical to the success of this project include Don Day, Eirik Thorsgard, Volker Mell, Kim Rogers, John Mercier, Chris Leno, Khani Schultz, and Greg Archuleta of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde; and Rodney Slattum, Eric Esselstyn, Nana Lapham, Rocky Polries, Scott Brown, and Keri Cribbs of Phoenix Reforestation, Inc.

Important field research assistance was provided by David Furtwangler and his staff, Cascade Timber Consulting, Inc.; Colin Kelly, University of Oregon Map Library; Christy Johnson, US Army Corps of Engineers; Ricky and Sandy Lennon, Cascadia residents and official NOAA daily weather record keepers, and their long-time Cascadia neighbor and local historian, Roger Jones.

Critical scientific peer review of an earlier draft of this report was provided by Tony Farque, Archaeologist, and Douglas Shank, Geologist, USFS Willamette National Forest; Frank Lake, Landscape Ecologist, USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station; Charles Kay, Wildlife Ecologist, Utah State University; Mike Dubrasich, Western Institute for Study of the Environment; and Bill Richardson, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Thank you to these individuals and organizations for all of the help and other assistance they have provided toward the completion of this report. Any errors, omissions, or other shortcomings that may be found in these contents are, of course, entirely of my own doing and responsibility and bear no reflection on the contributions of others.

Bob Zybach,
Springfield, Oregon
June 30, 2008


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