May 20th, 2011 by Melissa
The Weeks Act, passed in 1911, is marking its 100th Anniversary. The Weeks Act authorized the Federal purchase of land which has since helped to create 52 National Forests, including the White Mountain National Forest. These valuable forests now provide clean water, wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities, forest products and so much more.
We are celebrating this important legislation and milestone at the Weeks Act Centennial Festival on July 29th. There will be areas of activity to enjoy in several Pavilions at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road.
The Main Pavilion will highlight partnerships in conservation, recreation, and a White Mountain Marketplace that showcases area services, products and attractions. The Main Pavilion will also host the stage where music, comedy and storytelling will be presented.
The Forest and Family Experience Pavilion will have many hands-on, family-friendly activities, including Hike Safe instruction, Junior Ranger activities and forest explorations. You will find forestry demonstrations from past and present, watch craftsmen create their wares from wood, and learn about all that the forests have to offer at the Woodlands Pavilion. Food and refreshments will be available all day long under the Festival Food Pavilion.
This free, public event 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.
For more information, go to www.weekslegacy.org, or call 603.536.6100.
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!]
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.
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