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Robert Sawyer, Conservation and Making of Central Oregon

East Bend Public Library: When Robert Sawyer came to Bend in 1912, the town was just beginning its rise as a metropolis in Central Oregon. The railroad had arrived in 1911 and by 1916 there were two large sawmills ready to turn the region's pine forest into a bonanza. Sawyer recognized the economic potential and soon found himself the editor/owner of the Bend Bulletin, where he boosted the town and its prospects from a conservative and pro-development point of view. But what also caught his interest was the overwhelming power of the area's natural beauty, especially its forests and rivers. This is where the story of Sawyer and Bend gets interesting, because without Sawyer this place would likely not be a recreational paradise. Join William Lang, professor at Portland State University, for a discussion of Sawyer’s impact on Bend and Central Oregon. More

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