The mission of the Yachats Academy of Arts & Sciences is to provide educational and entertainment opportunities for people on the central Oregon coast. Sponsored by Polly Plumb Productions, we encourage the residents of the village of Yachats, Oregon to work with Academy board members to organize those events that they judge to be most enjoyable.
Furnish will present excerpts from his newly published memoir, Toward a Natural Forest: The Forest Service in Transition, which explores the tumultuous transition he experienced within the federal agency charged with balancing management on National Forests across the country. Currently a consulting forester in the Washington D.C. area, Furnish has 34 years of experience in the USDA Forest Service, including as Deputy Chief of the agency. The evening will include a screening of Seeing the Forest, a 30-minute documentary by Alan Honick of Seattle, chronicling how the Siuslaw National Forest survived after the spotted owl crisis.
Jim Furnish was the Supervisor of the Siuslaw National Forest during some of its most difficult times as the USFS changed direction from timber harvest to recreation and protecting wild areas.
The evening will be moderated by Paul Englemeyer of the Audobon Society.