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Willamette University Sustainability Institute records

Identifier: WUA099

Scope and Contents

The Sustainability Institute records cover the period between 2006 and 2016 and consist of photographs and posters produced by the Center for Sustainable Communities, now known as the Sustainability Institute; Zena Farm; and Willamette University as well as digital records compiled as transition documentation between directors. The digital records include information and photographs documenting the Summer Institute in Sustainable Agriculture Program.


  • 2006-2016


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

The majority of the records are open to researchers, with the exception of items restricted per University policies.

Restrictions on Use

The Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.

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Historical Note

Willamette University purchased 305 acres of Zena Forest jointly with Sarah Deumling in 2008 from the Trust for Public Lands. The University paid $800,000 for the land. The land had been purchased by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) on September 21, 2007 under a conservation easement as required mitigation for damages created by hydroelectric projects in the Willamette sub-basin. The BPA ceded the land briefly to the Trust for Public Lands for purposes of resale, and the conservation easement, which regulates sustainable use of the land, continued in effect upon purchase by Willamette University. Prior to its purchase by BPA, the land was managed for twenty years by Sarah and Dieter Deumling under German scientific forestry principles, including selective cutting and uneven-age management. During this period it was incorporated into the 1,640 acres that make up the entirety of Zena Forest, the largest remaining contiguous block of forestland in the Eola Hills west of Salem. This tract was owned by Count Hermann Hatzfeldt of Germany since the mid-1980s, and managed by the Deumlings as employees of Count Hatzfeldt. The Count, whose family had owned forested land in Germany for over 500 years, was at that time concerned about the effects of acid rain and bought the Zena property to diversify his timber portfolio. Willamette University’s portion of the property, also designated “Zena Forest,” is located about 11 miles west of Salem. Management guidelines for Zena Forest under Willamette University are the protection, restoration, management, and enhancement of natural resources and ecosystem services of Zena, following an adaptive ecosystem management model. 1 acre of the Zena Forest property is occupied by Zena Farm, an historic homestead. It contains an approximately 100-year-old farmhouse, ½ acre organic vegetable production, and an orchard. Zena Farm hosted the annual Summer Institute in Sustainable Agriculture Program, a residential program that combined farming experience and interdisciplinary academic coursework. Zena Farm operated from 2008 to February 2015, in year-round production, selling some produce to Willamette University’s food services and some through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.


3 Linear Feet (5 boxes)


The Sustainability Institute records contain photographs and posters produced by the Center for Sustainable Communities, Zena Farm, and Willamette University as well as digital records compiled as transition documentation between directors.


The collection is divided into series according to creator: Zena Farm, Center for Sustainable Communities, and unaffiliated campus organizations.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The physical and digital files were acquired from Director of Sustainability Institute Joe Abraham. Both had been passed to him by former Biology professor and Zena Farm Director Jennifer Johns.

Future Additions

Additions to the records are expected.


Reinhardt, Bob H., editor. Finding a Sense of Place: An Environmental History of Zena. Polebridge Press, 2013.
Guide to the Willamette University Sustainability Institute records, 2006-2016
Finding aid processed by Grace Pochis.
© 2017
Description rules
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English
A special thank you to Sybil Westenhouse for investing in experiential learning through the Sybil Westenhouse Archives Excellence Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections Collection Descriptions

Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 United States