Today’s visitors to the White Mountains, and the White Mountain National Forest, see a healthy, green forest. But where today we just see trees, there used to be whole towns that are now abandoned, there were hundreds of old mills, dozens of mines, miles of logging railroads, granite quarries, charcoal kilns, lime kilns, early hiking trails and shelters, early roads and turnpikes, and much, much more.
International Year of Forests
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to bolster efforts to promote sustainable management, conservation and development of forests worldwide. In 2011, the U.S. Forest Service – in partnership with its sister federal land management agencies, as well as state and private and other partner organizations — will host/coordinate many activities to celebrate the International Year of Forests.
Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Museum of the White
The accompanying activities have been designed to use the history, stories, photographs, and conservation efforts resulting in the 1911 Weeks Act as a catalyst for exploration, investigation, and discussion of the importance of forested and natural areas. Students will explore the history of the conservation and progressive movement and the connections among its messages and actions and their own community and personal feelings about the environment and nature. They will look at the debates and arguments among the forest advocates and industry and the role that sustainable forestry plays, benefiting community and industry.
The activity and essential questions have been designed to meet a range of ages and abilities. It is a foundation that may be modified and changed to meet the needs of educators in their classroom and community.
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[ May 14, 2011; 7:00 am; ] Join U.S. Forest Service Biologist Lesley Rowse on an early morning birding walk on Saturday May 14th to celebrate Migratory Bird Day and the Weeks Act Centennial. The walk will take place at 7am on Rt 2 in Gilead, Maine at the Hasting Campground. For more information please follow the link below or reach the White Mountain National Forest at the Androscoggin Ranger District at (603) 466-2713.Read Full Post »
[ May 12, 2011; 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. ] Join Forest Historian James Lewis of the Forest History Society in Durham, North Carolina, at Plymouth State University on Thursday May 12th, at 4:30pm in the Heritage Commons. Click on the article to learn more!Read Full Post »
[ April 13, 2011 3:00 pm to May 20, 2011 3:00 pm. ] Campton, NH.- The USDA Forest Service, White Mountain National Forest will host a Weeks Act exhibit. This interpretive display commemorates the 100 year anniversary of this landmark piece of conservation legislation which paved the way for the formation of the White Mountain National Forest. Click for more info!Read Full Post »
New Hampshire Public Radio is celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial this week with a number of articles, including two shows available for podcast on “The Exchange” with host Laura Knoy. Follow the link below to read a story from NHPR’s environmental reporter Amy Quinton on the logging debate in the White Mountain National Forest.
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Protection of the “headwaters” of the Merrimack, Pemigewasset and other rivers were a deep concern to those groups that were in favor of the Weeks Act. In fact, it was the language of the Weeks Act, that spoke of the economic importance of having clean, reliable water coming dowstream that ultimately was the catalyst for the [...]Read Full Post »
Read along at New Hampshire Public Radio’s website for Envrionmental Reporter Amy Quinton’s historical look-back at the group of New Hampshire organizations that help pass the Weeks Act, creating our eastern national forests. Among those forests we have our very own White Mountain National Forest, which one hundred years ago was in need of some serious help.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.
Learn more about the impacts of the Weeks Act on the Appalachian Trail by following the link to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s article in their magazine A.T. Journeys.Read Full Post »
Click on the story title above to read Forest Historian and W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Ponoma College, Char Miller’s retrospective discussion of the relationship between New Hampshire and the Weeks Act.Read Full Post »
Read White Mountain National Forest Supervisor Tom Wagner’s article on the significance of the Weeks Act that appears in the Winter/Spring edition of Appalachia.Read Full Post »
Do you know where the White Mountain National Forest first began? I’ll give you a hint… it wasn’t Mount Washington.Read Full Post »
A resolution authored by U.S. Senators Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Weeks Act (S. Res. 679) was approved by the U.S. Senate in early December 2010. The Resolution acknowledges the work and cooperation of local conservation groups, businesses, industrialists, and the tourism industry to ensure passage of the original law, and encourages further collaboration and continued support for the White Mountain National Forest.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!