Educational Exhibition from Plymouth State University

June 28th, 2010 by CfRP

Protecting the Forests: The Weeks Act of 1911

Educational Exhibition from Plymouth State University

The exhibit “Protecting the Forests: The Weeks Act of 1911” focuses on the federal act that allowed the national government to purchase private lands for public forests in order to create an eastern National Forest system. New Hampshire’s White Mountains were among the first lands purchased under the Weeks Act.

The display is a series of easy to hang panels with text and images and includes a five double-sided free standing panels; there is also a comprehensive website (http://www.plymouth.edu/gallery/weeks-act/). The free touring exhibition includes educational brochures and on-line standards-based curriculum packets for educators.

The exhibition is a means of public education, outreach and engagement prior to and during to the numerous statewide events planned for 2011 to celebrate the Weeks Act Centennial. The Act is of particular importance to New Hampshire because it was named after Congressman John W. Weeks from Lancaster and was vigorously promoted by New Hampshire associations and individuals.

Quality and accuracy of information in the exhibition are insured by Dr. Marcia Schmidt Blaine, associate professor of history at Plymouth State University, and Dr. Linda Upham-Bornstein.

The exhibition is being toured by Plymouth State University, Dr. Catherine S. Amidon, director of the project, in collaboration with Dr. Thaddeus Guldbrandsen, director of the Center for Rural Partnerships.

The exhibition is funded in part by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

For tour information contact:

Dr. Catherine S. Amidon,
Director, Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions Program
Curator, Museum of the White Mountains
Plymouth State University
MSC 21B, 17 High St., Plymouth, NH 03264
603 535 2646
camidon@plymouth.edu

Most of the exhibition is online :

http://www.plymouth.edu/gallery/weeks-act/

There are standards based downloadable curriculum materials for teachers at:

http://www.plymouth.edu/gallery/547/protecting-the-forest-the-weeks-act-of-1911-educational-materials/

Tour Schedule:

  • Plymouth State University
  • The Balsams, Dixville Notch, May 24-28, 2010
  • The exhibition is touring to:
  • Weeks State Park, Lancaster, NH June – September
  • Colebrook, place tbd, September
  • The Highland Center, Crawford Notch, September – October
  • St. Kieran Art Center, Berlin, NH, Jan 16 – March 27, 2011
  • Mt Washington Observatory, North Conway, summer
  • Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Concord, September – October

Dates haven’t been established but it will also tour to:

  • National Forest Service, Campton
  • Wentworth Inn, Jackson

The free-standing panels may be folded to 6 feet x 2 ½ feet x 5 inches.

Black Bears? GPS? Come learn more about the moving patterns of Black Bears using GPS

May 24th, 2010 by CfRP

Estimating Fine-Scale Movement Patterns of Black Bear using GPS Telemetry

Thursday, May 27th at 1:00 PM in Boyd 001

Thesis Defense

By
Catherine B. Callahan

Center for the Environment
Masters in Environmental Science and Policy Candidate

Callahan Thesis Defense (PDF)

Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products

May 21st, 2010 by CfRP

Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products

Exploring their Occurrence and Effects in the Environment

Monday May 24th at 9:00am Boyd 001

Thesis Defense

By

Rebecca Harvey

Center for the Environment
Masters in Environmental Science and Policy Candidate

Harvey Thesis Defense (PDF)

Agri-leisure: the “fun” of local food

May 17th, 2010 by CfRP
Agri-leisure: the “fun”Agri-leisure: the “fun” of local food
Exploring farms, recreation, tourism, and local/regional food systems
“Agrileisure,” a theoretical concept rooted in multifunctional agriculture, serious leisure, interactional community, sense of place, and play.

Weeks Act Resolution

May 17th, 2010 by CfRP
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
MAY 11, 2010
Mr. MORAN of Virginia submitted the following resolution; which was referred
to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committees
on Agriculture and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently
determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such
provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned111TH CONGRESS
2D SESSION H. RES. 1348
Recognizing the vision of John W. Weeks and his contribution to the conservation effort with the passage of the Weeks Act in 1911, a significant conservation achievement in the history of the United States.

111TH CONGRESS

2D SESSION H. RES. 1348

Recognizing the vision of John W. Weeks and his contribution to the conservation effort with the passage of the Weeks Act in 1911, a significant conservation achievement in the history of the United States.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MAY 11, 2010

Mr. MORAN of Virginia submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

View full PDF on the Weeks Act Resolution

Forest History Society has prepared a new website for the Weeks Act.

May 17th, 2010 by CfRP

“To help celebrate the centennial of the Weeks Act in 2011, the Forest History Society has prepared a new website. Passed in 1911, the Weeks Act authorized the federal government to purchase lands in the eastern United States for stream-flow protection, and allowed for those lands to be managed as national forests by the U.S. Forest Service. The law also called for public-private cooperation for fire fighting around the country. Though subsequent laws expanded the power and reach of the act to western forests, for all intents and purposes the Weeks Act is the “organic act” of the eastern national forests. The website makes use of the extensive holdings of the Forest History Society, and may be found in our U.S. Forest Service History web pages at. You will find a flyer attached with more information. Please feel free to post it or forward it to interested parties.” – Cheryl Oakes

The Forest History Society’s Weeks Act Webpage

U.S. Forest Service History Flyer

The CfRP is on Facebook!

May 11th, 2010 by CfRP
CfRP Facebook Link

Photo by: Katie Benton

Join our Facebook page and you can see up-to-date information about events and projects! Alose become a fan of the  Weeks Centennial Act, NFEHRN, and the Community Roadmap Project!

Join the Center for Rural Partnerships Facebook Page!

Second Annual Meeting of the NFHERN

May 10th, 2010 by CfRP

NFHERN Second Annual Meeting

Please join us for this gathering of academic, community, and private sector leaders to explore the role of higher education in the vitality of rural communities from the Adirondacks to Nova Scotia. This two day event will focus upon two themes: Connections and Curriculum. The ‘Connections’ discussion will explore strategies for higher education institutions to play an active role in regional development initiatives such as the Northern Borders Commission and the Sustainable Economies Initiative. A key feature of the ‘Curriculum’ discussion will be the Northern Forest Studies Program, a distributed undergraduate education program developed by Sterling College in partnership with the Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network.

The Weeks Act Revisited: A Collection of Student Case Studies 5/20

May 6th, 2010 by CfRP

The Public History and Local History Methods class has composed an exhibit to complement the larger Weeks Act exhibition that will be traveling around the state.  The class collaborated with experts to delve into interesting pieces of information that did not fit in the larger exhibit, “Protecting the Forests: The Weeks Act of 1911.”

The exhibit opening will take place in Lamson Library on Thursday, May 20 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. The exhibit will be located to the left of the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the library. Refreshments will be provided, and the class will be there to answer questions and hear your comments.

The exhibit will be in the library through Friday, May 21, if you would like to view it after the opening. It will then join the larger exhibit and tour the state for the next 1 1/2 years.  We hope to see you there! For more information, contact Marcia Schmidt Blaine

PSU helps locals monitor the Israel’s River

April 12th, 2010 by CfRP

The Center for the Environment at Plymouth State University is working this spring with the Israel’s River Advisory Group on monitoring chloride in the Israel’s River in Coös County.

To read the full article click the link (PDF)

Contact Us

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MSC 68, 17 High St.
Plymouth State University

(603) 535-3275 (Voice)
psu-cfrp@plymouth.edu

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blamsden@plymouth.edu
(603) 535-3276

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Administrative Assistant
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(603) 535-3271

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