In the summer of 1989, the environmental activists fighting to protect Opal Creek were looking for the perfect picture.
The old-growth forest and canyons northeast of Mehama still faced the possibility of logging — a battle that had raged for almost two decades. That summer, those in favor of conservation decided they needed an iconic image, a picture that showcased the beauty at stake to the outside world.
“We needed a picture that showed people, who’d never visited, what might be lost if the area was clearcut and dug up with roads,” said Michael Donnelly, co-founder of the Friends of Opal Creek.
It was into this atmosphere that Larry Olson arrived.
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