In 1979, a developer from Honolulu bought 186 acres on both sides of a small creek on the Central Oregon Coast. His plans for "Big Creek Resort" included a lodge, rustic cabins, a trading post, and two houses for the future owner/managers. Over the years, the plans expanded to include two hotels, a conference center and restaurant, and thirty privately-owned residences.
The developer dismissed the opposition as "a bunch of hippies," but they proved to be resourceful and persistent as they fought to preserve the land in its natural condition--as habitat for elk, salmon, and the endangered Oregon Silverspot Butterfly.
The fight to save Big Creek is an inspiration to all of us who struggle to make sure that people's voices are heard and that our irreplaceable natural world is protected.