Masters Thesis

A study of educational attitudes.

North Fork is a small lumber town situated in the foothills of eastern Madera County, California. The town lies sixty miles south of Yosemite National Park, at the border of the yellow pine forest. Logging, public utility companies, and the United States Forest Service employ the majority of the working residents} tourism and the operation of small businesses account for the remainder. According to the 1970 census report for Madera County, more retirement persons are selecting the Oakhurst-North Fork area for their retirement homes.¹ The area is attractive to retiring persons because property is less expensive to purchase and maintain, due to the absence of incorporated areas and the heavy taxation that accompanies urban growth.