Logging the Luckiamute: Ramifications of Splash Dams and Log Drives
Date: Tuesday, January 11
Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Speaker: Stephen Dow Beckham
This presentation will be delivered via Zoom Webinar
The Luckiamute Watershed Council is honored to welcome Stephen Dow Beckham as the speaker for our first Sips 'n' Science event of 2022 with a look at the fascinating history and impacts of logging practices in our region. This presentation examines the use of the Luckiamute River for transportation of forest products between 1853 and 1936. It places the challenges of log transport in the context of changing technologies, particularly the use of river drives and artificial freshets created by splash dams. The illustrated presentation identifies the types of splash dams, their environmental impacts, and the creative responses of lumbermen in the Mid-Willamette Valley to "getting out the cut" of the region's Old Growth forests.