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Geo 422 - Reconstructing Historical Landscapes(3)
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Alyssa Aaby 3 19 03 GEOG 522 Final Project The Nestucca Bay Area Reconstructing the Historical Landscape Since the arrival of the first white settlers over 140 years ago the physical landscape of the Nestucca Bay area has undergone significant changes Yet these changes are not well understood and many questions arise pertaining to the ecological history of the area How did the landscape reach its present state What activities occurred on the land How have the choices made by people influenced the landscape In this paper I will seek to answer these questions In order to do so I will examine both how and why the physical landscape has changed over time in response to these activities agriculture grazing fishing and tourism Furthermore I will examine how changing perceptions of the physical landscape have led people to modify the landscape in various ways The sources used in this analysis will be early settler accounts newspaper articles and historic maps Located 30 miles south of Tillamook on the Oregon Coast the Nestucca Bay area stretches north from Cannery Hill and Oretown to the town of Woods and west from highway 101 to the Pacific Ocean See Figure 1 Within this area are two population centers located along the tidal zone near the ocean that were important in the development of the Nestucca area The first area is that of Pacific City earlier named Ocean Park Taylor 1991 and Woods located on the Nestucca River and the second area is Oretown located near the Little Nestucca and Nestucca Bay These two areas 1 served as the community centers for early settlers and most commercial operations The physical landscape of this area is highly diverse The topography of the area ranges from steep hills and mountains to winding rivers and floodplains This varied topography created many niches for the native plant and animal species It also led settlers to engage in a variety of activities upon the land As early as can be remembered the Nestucca Indians were a well established



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