Photos include Finley and Bohlman's trips to Malheur Lake, the Klamath lakes and Three Arch Rocks on the coast, which played a key role in President Theodore Roosevelt's decision to create wildlife refuges at those locations.
Rather, she suggests that "conflicts among different users of Malheur Lake Basin eventually unproved refuge management, for those conflicts disrupted the hold of narrow orthodoxies on resource management." (269) As she elaborates,
Malheur Lake and the marshland zone that continues some 20 miles to its south alongside the Blitzen River was the traditional wintering place of the Harney Valley Paiutes going back deep into prehistoric times.
When Peter Skene Ogden led the first party of white people to the area in the 1820s, he described the marshes around Malheur Lake as being more heavily populated by Indians than any other place on the North American continent.
But no deal was made during the impromptu meeting on a side road off a curve of state Highway 78, some 10 miles on the other side of Malheur Lake from the headquarters of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Oregon's longest period of prolonged drought, from 1928 through 1941, resulted in catastrophic forest fires, including the Tillamook Burn, and saw vital wildlife habitat vanish as Malheur Lake and others in Eastern Oregon dried up.