Southern Oregon contains some of the most unique vegetative communities on earth. The disturbance of fire has produced forests and grasslands with specialized trees and shrubs adapted to resist and disperse under conditions of extreme heat. In addition, unusual soil properties support the growth of endemic flowers like the early blue violet, cobra lily, and Southern Oregon buttercup. Together, plants and their communities provide food and shelter for wildlife as well as fibers, timber, and medicine for people.
The Anthony Netboy papers include manuscripts and articles written by a Natural Resource Authority from 1930-1972. Netboy's work focuses on the history of forest use and the conservation of coastal redwood forests.
The Jeffrey M. Lalande papers include original research, manuscripts, articles, and letters written by a retired Forest Ranger from 1982-2001. Lalande's work provides insight into the environmental and cultural history that has shaped the plants and plant communities of the Rogue River National Forest. Areas of specific focus include forests, forestry, and fire use.
The Rogue River National Forest records include reports, maps, and images of the natural resources surveyed in the Rogue River National Forest. Jeff Lalande compiled these records in 2006. These records document over 100 years of the area's natural and cultural heritage.