The Conservancy helps establish the Oregon Natural Heritage program — an early staff photo, above. The program is one of the nation's first and it compiles and distributes data statewide. The Conservancy eventually creates natural heritage data centers in every state.
Lawrence Memorial Grassland, purchased in the 1970s, became an outdoor laboratory for native grassland ecology, where scientists experimented with aerial photography to monitor vegetation changes by mounting cameras on weather balloons.
All four scientists in this photo — attending the Lawrence Memorial Grassland dedication in 1974 — chaired our Oregon board of trustees at one time or another. From the left: Ruth Hopson Keen, Stan Cook, Bert Brehm and Jean Siddall.
In 1978, through the dedicated efforts of many individuals, our 231-acre Tom McCall Preserve is acquired in the Columbia River Gorge on a site renowned for spectacular spring wildflower displays.
Lower Table Rock Preserve, one of two unusual mesas standing high above the Rogue River near Medford, is acquired in 1979. Tom McCall arrives at the dedication of the preserve by landing a plane on top of the mesa.