Jim Hughes was born in 1927 and raised on a cotton farm near Porterville, CA. He received his degree in journalism in 1954 from Fresno State. That same year he became a reporter and photographer for the Vancouver Columbian. In 1957, he moved to Olympia, WA to work for the Department of Natural Resources. For nearly 25 years he was a writer-editor and visual information specialist for the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service.
Jim’s images are a documentary of forestry activities in Oregon and Washington over the past three decades. They are also an artist’s record of the beauty and energy of Northwest landscapes and of the people who work and play there. His images reflect the variety of the great forest region – from seashore to mountains, glaciers and high desert. He has photographed forest fires, the aftermath of windstorms, floods and volcanoes, including the eruption in 1980 of Mount St. Helens.
Jim was a member of the original 20 or so individuals who met weekly as a ‘select committee’ to form Chinook Trail Association, develop early operating procedures, mission statement and guidelines for implementing the vision of the Chinook Trail. He designed and produced the CTA brochure, which is still timely today. The slide show and narration currently used to tell the Chinook Trail story are in use now with periodic updates added. The value of his help and assistance to the Chinook Trail and it’s ‘quest’ are immeasurable.