Tina Schweickert holds an MS in history of science from Oregon State University and a BS in environmental science from Willamette University. She worked as environmental policy analyst for State of Oregon and City of Salem before returning to graduate school to study environmental history. Her publications include Nature in Chains: The Effects of Thomas Jefferson’s Rectangular Survey on a Pacific Northwest Landscape (2009 MS thesis) and one book Tread Softly (2005) on the teachings of Vedic philosophy and nature. She was an Oregon Heritage Fellow, 2009. Tina manages a wildlife preserve on her family farm in the Waldo Hills.
The Waldo Hills are situated on the east side of the mid Willamette Valley, beginning nine miles from Salem. The hills run north to south between Silverton and Sublimity and range in elevation from 400 to 800 feet. The hills originally formed over sixteen million years ago when lava from …