Explore the historical landscape in Talent

Historical landscape photographs and maps of the Bear Creek Valley will be presented at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Talent library auditorium, 101 Home St., Talent.

The presentation will be given by Gene Hickman, a retired rangeland management specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture who just finished an extensive study for the Southwest Oregon historic vegetation project.

The program, sponsored by the Talent Historical Society, will include Hickman's collection of historic pictures from the settlement era showing some of the earliest development and the adjacent landscape cover. The photos of prairie and pine forest that originally covered the valley's west side stand in stark contrast to how the valley looks today.

Hickman has done work on forest and rangeland inventories and vegetation classification and mapping. He also was a team member on Oregon's soil survey, linking vegetation to the kind of soil and terrain.

The program will run for two hours, with refreshments served afterward in the adjacent Talent Historical Society museum.

The Talent Historical Society is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at 105 Market St. For more information, call 541-512-8838.

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