First Advisor

Robert Tinnin

Term of Graduation

Winter 2000

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology






Invasive plants -- Oregon, Invasive plants -- Control -- Oregon

Physical Description

1 online resource (359 pages)


Within this work I attempted to assert a few of my social beliefs in the form of a dark and funny story. "Damage Control" is a young woman's journey into "real" womanhood as she learns about her Ozark heritage.

Louise, the primary narrator, meets her hillbilly cousin, Carson, at a dire time in her life. Carson connects Louise to her past -her true nature as a woman from the hills. The title "Damage Control," is indicative of the social constructs of these two women. Basically, life is a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't situation, but it is what a person does with the tragedies that befall them that make or break the human spirit.


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