Continuing its series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act (the legislation that created the eastern National Forest system), The Exchange on NHPR presents; “Logging and The Weeks Act”.
Catch it live on Wednesday, March 30 at 9 AM or when it is rebroadcast that evening at 8 PM.* If neither of those times is convenient, you can visit the page later and either stream or download the audio file. Past episodes of the series can be found here.
From the NHPR web page about the broadcast:
- At the turn of the 20th century, forests in the White Mountains were being clear cut and many were worried about the damage logging had done to the White’s. The Weeks Act of 1911, helped protect these forests by the purchasing of land by the federal government. Over time standards were set as to the amount loggers could log in the state. Although they adapted, there have been challenges to the industry. There has been the debate over logging in road less areas of the White Mountain National Forest as well as the change in industry in the North Country. Paper and pulp mills have been shutting down, while wood pellet and biomass plants have been popping up. Today as we continue our look at the Weeks Act, we get an update on the logging industry, the challenges they face and what the future may hold for them.
*[Note: if you want to call in and participate, the morning show is the one you want!]