Frederick Coville - Field Notes, Oregon, 1898

About the Project

If you were walking along the Pacific Coast Trail through Oregon, along Lake Merrill and Mount St. Helens, what type of terrain would you expect to find? In the years before Mount St. Helen's historic explosion, the mountain's geography ranged from lush to arid--a perfect place for a botanist, like Frederick Coville, to study.

Coville's field notes document his travel through the Cascade Volcanic Arc during his time as Chief Botanist for the United States Department of Agriculture. Coville was also an honorary curator of the United States National Herbarium (part of the Department of Botany at the National Museum of Natural History).

Join other volunteers in transcribing Coville's field notes and explore the mountains of Oregon!

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