Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hippie Hoedads

by Michael Hofferber. Copyright © 1997. All rights reserved.

Across the Northwest, from the Olympic Peninsula to the Bitteroots of Idaho, thousands of acres of young Douglas fir and white pine grow shoulder high on land clearcut a couple decades ago. These young forests are the legacy of men and women, the hippies of the 1960s, who fled "back to the land" during the early 1970s and found work as reforestation tree planters.

Like the Okies who headed west after the Dust Bowl years, or the settlers who crossed the continent along the Oregon Trail, the long-haired exodus north from California was fueled by idealistic dreams: unspoiled nature, cheap farmland, communal living, freedom from authority. They didn't anticipate depressed local economies, high unemployment, or antagonistic residents.

Continued at Hippie Hoedads
Michael Hofferber
Rural Delivery
Artwork: Man Planting Pine Tree Seedlings by Hansel Miet