Northern Blue Mountains Administrative History Research
Umatilla National Forest, Washington, 1996
by Steve Lucas, Northend Districts Archaeologist
One volunteer spent time transcribing diaries written between 1918 and 1933 by Ranger Albert Baker. Ranger Baker worked for the Forest Service on the Wenaha and the later Umatilla National Forests between 1906 and 1942. The diaries contained a day-by-day account of his observations, thoughts, and actions during select months of the years 1918, 1923, and 1933.
The transcribed diaries were bound and stored with a map pinpointing the areas where Ranger Baker had worked during a three-month period in 1933. This information, along with a chart that visually represents a ranger’s program of work in 1933, was put on display at the Walla Walla Ranger District’s open house on April 10, 1996.
The display was well received by both the general public and Forest Service employees. Approximately 80 people attended the open house. As a result of the display’s exposure, the Whitman College Library in Walla Walla has expressed an interest in having the diaries made available to the college.