Gordon R. Lyford received a bachelor’s degree in engineering of agricultural systems in 1975 from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in irrigation and drainage in 1981 from the University of California at Davis. He is a registered agricultural engineer in Oregon and California and a certified water right examiner in Oregon. He retired in December 2006 after working for the U.S. Department of the Interior for thirty-one years. Until December 2014, he was a director of the Illinois Valley Soil and Water Conservation District and Watershed Council. He lives in O'Brien.
Illinois Valley Soil & Water Conservation District
The Illinois Valley Soil and Water Conservation District (IVSWCD), established on December 13, 1949, covers the Illinois River watershed in Josephine County. The 75-mile-long Illinois River rises in California, flows northwest through its 628,000-acre watershed (most of it in Oregon), and discharges into the Rogue River. The watershed supports diverse …
Our Mountain, a name given by local residents to a previously unnamed peak, is located 5.4 miles west-southwest of O'Brien in the Siskiyou National Forest. The mountain is bounded by the South Fork of Rough and Ready Creek on the west and north, Whiskey Creek on the south, and the West …