Meet the Board: Bob Evans

May 25, 2011
Fish-free-er and a guy full of surprises. His joy was obvious at the steelhead release at Whychus Canyon Preserve, eyes sparkling, grin mischievous.


Learn a little more about members of the Land Trust's Board in this series of posts.

Meet Bob Evans, Deschutes Land Trust Board member, fish-free-er and a guy full of surprises. His joy was obvious at the steelhead release at Whychus Canyon Preserve, eyes sparkling, grin mischievous. He's a man who understands the gift of freedom. Here is our interview:

1. How old were you when you knew (not thought so much as knew in your body) that you were part of the earth?
I was young, maybe 8 or 9 years old. My grandmother was a big part of this awakening. But many years later until I fully accepted in my body and mind, when I was 22-23 years old.

2. I'm guessing that you, at least once, have looked out on what was once a wild place and seen it tamed. When? And how did you feel?
In my thirties, my father and I were hunting. My father supplied food and goods to the Forest Service lookout stations in the Gifford Pinchot Forest after WW II, 1946-48. No roads, all with mules and horseback. We were sitting at the edge of a clear cut in familiar territory to him for 40 years. He began to cry and said "It’s all gone.” He was talking about the old growth forests. It broke my heart.

3. If you knew you had six months to live and would be perfectly healthy during that time, where would you need to go for the last time?  Can be more than one place.
Italian countryside and Chile along the Patagonia region with Argentina.

4. If you were a wild creature, which would you be?
A song bird.

5. If you were that creature, what would you ask the humans for?
Blow up your TV, throw away your paper, go to the country, build you a home. Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches, try and find Jesus on your own.  --- Spanish Pipedream by John Prine.