The Oregon Coast—"Forists and Green Verdent Launs"

The history of the Oregon Coast is a story of the relationship between people and a rugged landscape. In many ways, the history of the region since Euro-American settlement has paralleled the history of the Pacific Northwest, but the region’s isolating topography, the early and lasting imprint of the federal government, persistent conflicts between Indians and whites, and a complex culture make the story different. Gail Wells, a managing partner of Gail Wells Communications, recounts the history of the coast using her perspective as a writer of science, history, and natural resources. She is the author of The Tillamook: A Created Forest Comes of Age (2004) and The Little Lucky: A Family Geography (2007) and the coauthor with Betty Roberts of With Grit and By Grace: Breaking Trails in Politics and Law (2008).

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