OFIC: What’s your background?
LP: I am the Retired Superintendent of Roseburg Public Schools and the Chairman of Communities for Healthy Forests. I would want to add that I am an environmentalist who cares deeply about the health of our forests. I came to the Umpqua in the mid sixties as a Forestry major, fully intending to stake out a career in natural resource management as my forefathers had done. But, I took a different path and eventually found myself in coursework that would lead to degrees in public education. I’m a long, long time resident of Douglas County – 48 years. I’m also a 6th generation descendant of Oregon pioneers, who made their home in Oregon in the late 1840’s. I like to say that I’m a 6th generation Oregonian, born in California. My father was on active duty with the Air Force in California when I was born in 1949.