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Log Drives


Log drives banned 50 years ago have left hundreds of Oregon rivers and streams damaged. New research shows they still have not recovered from the ecological harm of floating millions of trees to market using splash dams. Oregon allowed log drives for nearly 70 years, ending in 1957.

First Broadcast: 2010
Producer: Vince Patton
Videographer/Editor: Todd Sonflieth
Video & Stills Courtesy of : Oregon Historical Society, Steven Beckham, Jake Flitcroft, Patricia Benner, Port of Coquille, The Prelinger Archives
Graphics by: Kathryn Ronnenberg

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OSU Splash Dam Research
Forest History Society Video

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Part of Episode

Log Drives; Sharp-tailed Grouse Update; Sustainable Prisons Project

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #2205
Original Broadcast: November 4, 2010