Douglas C. Ingram Memorial Tree - Jackson County, OR
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N 42° 30.033 W 122° 24.087
10T E 549180 N 4705527
This Ponderosa pine, although dead, is a memorial to a well-respected forester from Oregon.
Waymark Code: WMXDGM
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 12/30/2017
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
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Located south of Fourbit Creek and east of Parker Meadows Rd is a memorial tree with a nearby wooden marker that reads:


On August 1, 1929, while fighting the Camas Creek fire in Washington, Douglas C. Ingram lost his life. This Ponderosa pine, a seedling at the time of his death, is preserved in his memory as a monument to his guidance and inspirations to all land managers.

A range examiner and expert botanist, Mr. Ingram provided a basis for management policies through his intensive study of these lands in 1925 and 1926.

I tried to do some more research on Mr. Ingram and was able to locate an article here that highlights his life in more detail. It reads:

Tree still stands for Ingram, killed in the forest he loved

Fires run uphill, and there's nothing worse for a firefighter than looking down on a blazing forest.

Doug Ingram and Ernanie St. Luise knew they were in trouble.

This wasn't a ground fire that took its time eating through the forest. The Camas Creek fire that raged in the Chelan National Forest in Eastern Washington in 1929 was a crown fire, a hot wave of flame riding the tops of trees faster than a champion racehorse.

A few days before, Ingram had calmly saved a dozen panicky men from this same inferno by telling them not to run and leading them to a clearing where they laid flat until the fire passed over.

Now, Ingram's only hope was to flank the blaze and get behind it. But a quick walk along the ridgeline turned into a run when the flames did something unexpected. Instead of climbing the hill, the fire raced in a straight line, parallel to the men's escape route.

Then, with a mind of its own, the fire scrambled uphill on a freak gale-force wind. Like a runaway freight train, the hot flames roared over treetops toward the men.

They saw it coming. They ran to an open slope where there was little to burn and laid down, faces pressed against the earth.

It lingered over them for a moment, burned their clothes, blackened their skin and left them dead. Their bodies were found nearly two weeks later.

Ingram emigrated from Scotland in 1898 and headed for the mines of Nevada. Within a decade he became a U.S. citizen, moved to Roseburg where he was an unsuccessful farmer, and eventually graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in forestry.

He began his career with the Forest Service at a time when ranger districts hadn't been defined in Oregon's Cascade Range. His first assignment was to post sheep and cattle grazing allotments within the forest.

He progressed through the ranks and in 1918 was appointed Northwest regional range examiner, tasked with scientifically studying the forestlands and livestock range of the Pacific Northwest.

Not long before he died, Ingram came across a ponderosa pine sapling along Fourbit Creek, a few miles east of Butte Falls. Admiring its strength and form, he marked the tree and recommended it never be logged.

After Ingram's death, the Forest Service placed a barrier around the pine and dedicated it as the Douglas C. Ingram Memorial Tree. For more than 70 years it grew, reaching nearly 40 feet in height before it died.

"It was overtopped," said former Forest Service historian Jeff LaLande. "It was suppressed. Too many thirsty and aggressive Douglas firs were left after fire suppression in the area."

Ingram is remembered as one of the best field naturalists in the Pacific Northwest. He was a ranger and a scientist, traveling throughout Oregon and Washington collecting plants and documenting habitats. Two plants are named for him — the Ingram Columbia lily and a pink Southern Oregon wildflower called the Silene ingrami.

In the words of a colleague, ranger G.C. Blake, "He became a very able man and he did great work for the Forest Service."

Posted Sep. 13, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Looking on a topography map and seeing this memorial tree listed on it brought me here to investigate it for myself. Although this memorial tree has died, there are young saplings growing nearby this tree that look to be strong enough to grow and replace this Ponderosa with other natural growth.

To get to this tree you'll need to park just off Park Meadows Rd and walk a short distance east. You approach a metal fence that you'll need to cross over (it's smooth, not barb-wired). The brown wooden marker stands out from a distance in a small open area and is easy to see. My posted coordinates should place you very close to this tree.

Historic Topic: Modern Age 1900 to date

Group Responsible for placement: Historical Society

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Southern Oregon

County: Jackson

Web link to additional information: [Web Link]

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

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