Changes in land use at the Osborn Preserve
- Center for Environmental Inquiry
- History Department
- Donors and Faculty Affiliated with Osborn Preserve
Fairfield Osborn, Jr. (1887- 1969) was known for his 1948 publication, "Our Plundered Planet," a prescient and devastating critique of human stewardship of earth's natural resources that was translated in 13 languages and read by millions worldwide. In the 1950s, Fairfield Osborn's daughter and son-in-law, Joan and William Roth, purchased lands on Sonoma Mountain as a summer retreat for their family. Shortly after Fairfield Osborn's death in 1969, they donated 200 acres to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to honor his life-long love of wild places and legacy in conservation. In 1997, TNC donated the Preserve to Sonoma State University, maintaining a conservation easement over the property for educational, research, and conservation. In 2004, the Roths doubled the size of the Preserve with an additional 190-acre donation managed under a conservation easement with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District.
This oral history project is focused on gaining a better understanding of the history of land use and Preserve development. Audio recordings were made of each interview and later transcribed by students.
|Osborn Oral History Transcripts||report||Osborn Oral History Project*||Alexander Porter, Megan Wells, Jocoya Fox-Jones, Rachel Higgins, Daniel Dunn, Chris Wendt, Chris Wendt|
* Maggie Best declined to have her interview transcript included.