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Finding David Douglas is an hour-long documentary film about the 19th century Scottish botanist/plant hunter, David Douglas (1799-1834). Douglas explored western North America in a time before white settlement altered the landscape. He discovered and introduced more than 200 new species to the gardens and forests of Europe.

Produced by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission in collaboration with the US Forest Service and Forestry Commission Scotland. Widely reviewed to critical acclaim, Finding David Douglas is the first film to tell the story of Douglas.

Finding David Douglas can be purchased for $19.95 USD plus $4.95 for S&H in the US. Use your credit card via PayPal to buy now or send a check to OCHC at the address below.

Finding David Douglas can also be purchased in the UK for £10.00 by contacting Perth & Argyll Conservancy office of Forestry Commission Scotland: (CHEQUE ONLY)

For all other international orders (not to the United States or the United Kingdom), please send a check to OCHC at the address below for $19.95 USD plus $12.00 for S&H.

For larger orders or institutional orders, please contact

Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission
P.O. Box 3588
Portland, Oregon 97208
Please indicate "FDD DVD" in the memo line.

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Global Praise

Dr. Rhoda M. Love, Botanist/Ecologist

Finding David Douglas is outstanding! Congratulations on a beautiful and educational production. The music is lovely and very appropriate. The graphics are superb. In all, I would say this will become a classic of Northwestern biographical material.

Jack Nisbet, Author of The Collector and David Douglas, A Naturalist at Work

All the sweeping landscapes that David Douglas saw, and the rich accents of the people he traveled with, come alive in this beautiful film.

Rick Zenn, Senior Fellow, World Forestry Center/World Forest Institute

You did it! A triumph! Very well done.
Syd’s song - collecting the seeds for your garden! - is so perfect.
Students of all ages can travel in David Douglas’s footsteps – often to the exact locations he wrote about in his famous journals. This beautiful film weaves art, music, and history with Douglas’s own words and observations into an inspirational story of adventure, hardship and scientific discovery. Finding David Douglas is a remarkable resource for educators.

J. Fenning Welstead, President, Institute of Chartered Foresters, Edinburgh

David Douglas was a major contributor to forestry in the British Isles through his tree introductions, particularly Sitka spruce which is now the backbone of our domestic forestry industry. Finding David Douglas commendably captures his trials and tribulations as well as his successes, and I commend anyone with an interest in trees, forestry and adventure to view this entertaining [film]. You will then appreciate that Douglas has probably had more influence on the shape of our countryside today than any other single individual given the huge use made of trees he introduced in creating our modern forest resource.

Roy Lancaster, Plantsman, Author, Hampshire, England

It is a fitting tribute to one of Britain’s greatest plant hunters and travellers in the then relatively unexplained regions of North America. The documentary captures well the size and the wildness of the northwest territory as Douglas would have seen it and given the absence of Douglas’s second journal the commentary conveys a well balanced account of his travels throughout.

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