AMC’s Weeks Act Timeline
The Appalachian Mountain Club’s role in working toward passage of the Weeks Act is detailed in this timeline.
“Protecting the Forest Exhibition”
This is a traveling exhibition that can also be found online. It is researched and developed by Plymouth State University.
Beyond Brown Paper
Images of early 20th century life in New Hampshire Forests
Peeling Back the Bark
As we enter 2011, the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act, the Forest History Society has asked Dr. Bob Healy, co-author with Bill Shands of the 1977 book The Lands Nobody Wanted to write a series of blog posts in which he’ll reflect on this classic book and the future of the eastern national forests.
The Museum of the White Mountains
Preserves and promotes the unique history, culture, and environmental legacy of the region; as well as provide unique collections-based, archival, and digital learning resources serving researchers, students, and the public.
The New Hampshire Troubadour
The NH Troubadour comes to you every month singing the praises of New Hampshire, a state whose beauty and opportunities should tempt you to come and share those good things that make life here so delightful.
Posts filed under: History
A hundred years ago, the White Mountain region was a different sight. Hundreds of photographs and articles depict a region of mountain sides stripped of trees from what was once virgin forest, streams choked with silt from eroding hillsides, and ash from forest fires falling on nearby towns. Click to read!Read Full Post »
[ June 7, 2011 8:30 am to June 8, 2011 5:00 pm. ] Join the USDA Forest Service, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and the Pinchot Institue for Conservation on June 7th and 8th at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut for a symposium in commemoration of the Weeks Act Centennial and the United Nations 2011 International Year of the Forest.Read Full Post »
Follow the link to view the USDA Forest Service’s poster for our forests’ 100th Year of RestorationRead Full Post »
In 1911, the Forest Service bought 8,456 acres for a price of 7 dollars per acre. These were the first lands acquired under the authority of the Weeks Act in north Georgia. These earliest national forest lands were managed as part of the Cherokee National Forest. On July 9, 1936, these lands became part of the newly established Chattahoochee National Forest.Read Full Post »
A video containing a short history of the White Mountain National Forest.Read Full Post »
Visit WhiteMountainHistory.org’s page for a feature article on White Mountain National Forest maps.
Learn about and see the progress that was made to acquire lands by the National Forest Reservation Commission. Also included is the 1918 Proclamation establishing the White Mountain National Forest.
Courtesy WhiteMountainHistory.org, Collection of Kurt MastersRead Full Post »
“Environmental Legacies: Land-Clearing, Forest Use, and Conservation in Northern New England, 1820-1920″
First Annual Stanley Russell Howe Lecture: “Environmental Legacies: Land-Clearing, Forest Use, and Conservation in Northern New England, 1820-1920″ by Dr. Richard W. Judd, Col. James C. McBride Professor of History at the University of Maine. PRead Full Post »
Dear Colleagues: The Weeks Act, named for its floor manager Rep. John Weeks (R-MA), and which President William Howard Taft signed into law on March 1, 1911, gave the federal government the authority to create national forests across the east, changing the face of New England through the establishment of the White and Green Mountains national forests. It is thus one of the nation’s most important pieces of environmental legislation. But almost no knows anything about it.Read Full Post »
A pop quiz: what do the Six Rivers, Tahoe, and Toiyabe, Cleveland, San Bernardino, and Angeles National Forests have in common? If you said they were all located in California, give yourself a gold star. But they share something else in common–they are the strange recipients of funding sanctioned through the Weeks Act, which President William Howard Taft signed into law on March 1, 1911.Read Full Post »
Due to the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act, stories such as this in the Republican American are floating around the New England press.
Char Miller contributes Weeks Act Forest Planning essay called “Wild by Law.” Longer than a blog post, but well worth the read, and a gentle reminder that public lands ideas, ideals and [...]
Enter John W. Weeks, native of Lancaster, New Hampshire, who by 1910 was a Congressman from Massachusetts. It fell to Weeks to usher through Washington what we know today as Weeks Law, or the Weeks Act, which extends Congress’s authority over navigable rivers and rivers to purchasing the lands that protect those waters. Today’s 49 eastern National Forests were born when the Weeks Act was signed in to law March 1, 2011.Read Full Post »
- David Govatski on First Annual Stanley Russell Howe Lecture: “Environmental Legacies: Land-Clearing, Forest Use, and Conservation in Northern New England, 1820-1920″
- Randall Bennett on First Annual Stanley Russell Howe Lecture: “Environmental Legacies: Land-Clearing, Forest Use, and Conservation in Northern New England, 1820-1920″
- L Kenerson on 1936 Weeks Act Commemorative WMNF Map
- Raynold Jackson on “The Early Pathmakers”
- Elizabeth Irwin on Welcome to WeeksLegacy.org!