“Logging And The Weeks Act” on NHPR’s The Exchange this week

March 28th, 2011 by Alice

"Logging and the Weeks Act" on The Exchange on NHPR. Wednesday, March 30. Live at 9 AM, rebroadcast at 8 PM.

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!]

New! Community Roadmap Brochure Explains the Project and the Process.

March 25th, 2011 by Alice

You’ve probably seen our links to the full Community Roadmap to Renewable Woody Biomass Energy file.  It’s a wonderful, interactive tool for helping groups of many kinds consider whether or not woody biomass-fueled energy/district heating is a viable option for their circumstances and desires.  But what if you just want to understand what the Roadmap is about–for your own knowledge or to share with someone else?  Download this handy pamphlet for text and visual descriptions of the issues and the process.  Simple, quick, easy to follow.  People who want to know more, can download the full Roadmap tool.  Both are free and available to the public.

Be Sure to Listen to The Exchange on Monday!

March 25th, 2011 by Alice

Posted Friday, March 25, 2011 – Rumor has it that on Monday, March28, The Exchange topic of the day will have something to do with The Weeks Act Centennial.  Marcia Schmidt Blaine (PSU, History & Philosophy Dept. Chair) was interviewed about the life of John Wingate Weeks by Keith Shields of NHPR.  If you miss the morning broadcast, it’s replayed in the evening and available on the NHPR website.

Follow Us On Twitter!

March 25th, 2011 by Alice

In a bold move to enter more fully into the fast-paced world of social media, the Center for Rural Partnerships is now on Twitter!  @CfRP_PSU.  (Note: if you have trouble finding us in the normal search box on your Twitter account dashboard, go to http://twitter.com/#!/CfRP_PSU to see our profile page directly.  Sometimes the search function lags and doesn’t pick up new accounts quickly.)

Amsden & Chase Risk Management Article Featured in Tree Farmer Magazine

March 16th, 2011 by Alice

The article in Tree Farmer magazine is a natural extension of the ongoing workshops and resource development Ben Amsden and Lisa Chase collaborate to provide to landowners in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Tree Farmer magazine’s January/February edition includes a new article co-written by Ben Amsden (Plymouth State University) and Lisa Chase (University of Vermont Extension).  ”Tools for Managing Risk in Tree Farm Tourism” highlights the issues, questions, and concerns addressed in previous workshops, and includes helpful ideas about how land owners can best prepare themselves to welcome the public.  Topics covered include liability, insurance, security, and tips for developing a personalized set of tools–such as building a network with other land owners, for sharing information, lessons learned, emerging themes, opportunities and resources.  Read the article here.

Ben Amsden and Lisa Chase have been working together since 2008 to provide content-rich workshops and other resource materials to land owners interested in providing land use access or participatory experiences for fun, recreation, and education.  Ben is the partnerships & grants coordinator and research assistant professor of social science and tourism management of the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.  Lisa Chase is the director of the Vermont Tourism Data Center and a natural resources specialist with University of Vermont Extension in Burlington in Vermont.  Both Ben and Lisa have a specific interest in the relationship between people and rural landscapes.  Their work with land owners regarding various aspects of risk management is funded in part by the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education (NECRME) at the University of Delaware, in Newark Delaware.


IMPORTANT: Forum Cancelled. Will be Rescheduled for April.

March 8th, 2011 by Alice

4 PM March 8, 2011. Due to flooding of the Pemigewasset River in Plymouth, the Forum on State Budget Shortfall and Its Impact on Human Services on March 9 at 3:30pm at the PSU Ice Rink and Welcome Center is cancelled. This event, co-sponsored by the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University, NH Cares, Granite State Independent Living and the NH Fiscal Policy Institute will be rescheduled for mid-April. More information on the state budget process and its impact upon community based human services will be available to inform the discussion at that time. For more information on NH Cares Community Forums around NH, please contact Christina D’Allesandro via email: dallesandroc@cfsnh.org

Check Out The Museum of the White Mountains Website!

March 4th, 2011 by Alice

The Museum of the White Mountains’ website is live!   Check it for up-to-date information about on-site and traveling exhibitions, related educational materials, exhibition catalogues, and  online galleries.  Also available are searchable collections, links  to related sites and articles, as well as details about the musuem’s mission and plans.

Paintings like this one by Alvan Fisher (1792-1863) – “Mt Jefferson, on route from Gorham to the Glen House” can be viewed in person or online.


The official opening of the Museum of the White Mountains is scheduled for February 2013 and will include gallery, exhibition, and classroom space, an auditorium, state-of-the-art digital learning resources,  interpretive trail, and meeting space.  Poised at the entrance to the White Mountain National Forest and benefitting from PSU’s educational, archival, and curatorial resources, the Museum of the White Mountains is uniquely suited to gathering and preserving important historical, technical, and cultural artifacts of the region for public and scholarly access.  The museum was established with the donation of a remarkable collection of artifacts by the late Daniel Noel of Intervale, NH.

Museum director Catherine Amidon has an extensive background in regional cultural arts curation and gallery direction.  The Museum of the White Mountains is of particular interest to her owing to both her New England roots and lifetime history of outdoor recreation in the White Mountains.

Lindsay Burke, collections assistant, has twin interests in exhibit design and installation, and collection organization, cataloguing, and care.


Some Things Really DO Require an Act of Congress…

February 15th, 2011 by Alice

On February 10, 2011, the 112th Congress of the United States of America passed House Resolution 84 commemorating the enactment and enduring legacy of the Weeks Act. The Weeks Act established public policy for formal collaborations between state and federal governments to manage forest land in the eastern United States, culminating in the establishment of the eastern National Forests. Initially born of conservation concerns for the vulnerable forested regions of the White Mountains and southern Appalachia, the eastern National Forest system has grown to include fifty-two forests in twenty-six states, comprising nearly 25,000,000 acres of land.

"...streams that were once filled with silt and debris now flow clean and clear, degraded habitats have been restored, and fish and game have returned..."

National Forests differ from National Parks in several ways, including how they integrate land use and conservation efforts. National Forests, for example, include the sustainable growth and harvesting of timber and other renewable forest products.

In 1911, much of what residents and visitors now experience as lush, beautiful forests and grasslands, was barren and battered, denuded by short-sighted harvesting practices. Precious top soil was exposed to harsh weather conditions and blew away. Run-off from the damaged land and other side-effects of poor forest management rendered rivers and streams increasingly inhospitable to plants and animals. John W Weeks viewed forests as renewable resources that could be managed to the benefit of their health and longevity, even while meeting the relentless demand for high quality timber, wood pulp, and other forest resources.

John W Weeks served the nation first as a Representative (1905-1913), then a Senator (1913-1919), and finally as the Secretary of War (1921-1925) in the Cabinets of Presidents Harding and Coolidge.  Understanding the context in which the Weeks Act was signed into law helps us to see that many things we might take for granted–such as the existence of the forests for recreation, economic gain, and scientific inquiry–are actually the result of one man’s visionary efforts to design and implement a system that would support effective conservation-oriented land management practices.  Though he died in 1926, scarcely fifteen years after the signing of the Act named for him, the forests for which he advocated with such dedication already showed signs of recovery.  H. Res. 84 honors his public service, inspired vision, and the present day results of his remarkable accomplishment.  To read the full text of the Resolution, Click Here.

To keep up with events, exhibitions, educational opportunities, historical and cultural information and other resources related to the Centennial Celebration of the Weeks Act, please visit www.WeeksLegacy.org and http://www.plymouth.edu/center-for-rural-partnerships/weeks-act/

www.WeeksLegacy.org Goes Live!

February 9th, 2011 by Alice

The Weeks Act Centennial celebrates 100 years since the conservation vision of John Weeks that led to the establishment of the eastern national forests.

A diverse group of individuals and organizations have combined efforts to create an official website to promote information, events, and other opportunities related to the 2011 celebration of the Weeks Act centennial.  In addition to providing an overview of all of the events and educational opportunities related to the centennial celebration, www.WeeksLegacy.org is a treasure trove of information about the history of the Act, cultural arts unique to the region, and multi-media presentations.

Not only is this a great site to visit to get information, it’s interactive!  Share stories about your forest experiences and read those shared by other visitors on the Memories page.  Has your family grown tired of your annual recounting of Uncle Bob climbing that tree in record speed when he heard a bull frog for the first time?  Tell it here!  You’ve got a whole new audience!  Bookmark www.WeeksLegacy.org and return to visit it often for updates, new tales, and to keep track of upcoming events.

www.WeeksLegacy.org is part of a coordinated New Hampshire effort celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial and honoring the tradition of conservation and partnerships exemplified by the act, which created Eastern National Forests.  Celebrating the Weeks Act and the creation of Eastern National Forests provides an opportunity to promote increased awareness of sustainable forestry, land stewardship and citizen-based conservation.


Farm & Forest, Weeks Act Centennial Site Debut, and More!

February 3rd, 2011 by Alice



New Hampshire's Farm & Forest Exposition, "New Hampshire's Greatest Winter Fair," takes place on Friday, Feb 4 and Saturday, Feb 5, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

This year at the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo, the Center for Rural Partnerships is collaborating with a number of different organizations to deliver interesting programs to the people of New Hampshire.  Ben Amsden, in collaboration with the University of Vermont Cooperative Extension, has developed another great program devoted to agritourism, risk management, and local food.

Nicole DeGrandpre, Kelly Rice (both student assistants), Linda Upham-Bornstein, and I are also partnering with the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, the Museum of the White Mountains, and others to provide a fun and edifying, interactive exhibit.  We will have multiple computer terminals to help students get oriented to the Beyond Brown Paper Collection, the Protecting the Forests Exhibit, our Weeks Act Centennial web pages, and Linda and Nicole’s video about the Life and Times of W.R. Brown.

See you at Farm and Forest!


Thaddeus C Guldbrandsen


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