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 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

“Weeks Act of 1911 exhibit is up at Plymouth State”

March 18th, 2010 by CfRP
"Weeks Act of 1911 exhibit is up at Plymouth State University" Coos County Democrat article

"Weeks Act of 1911 exhibit is up at Plymouth State University" Coos County Democrat article. (Click image for a larger view or download the PDF version)

The Coos County democrat has published an article about the Weeks Act Exhibition at Plymouth State University. The article talks about some of the history of the Weeks Act and the exhibition. To read the article download the Weeks Act Exhibit (PDF)

Weeks Act Centennial Online Exhibition

March 4th, 2010 by CfRP

There has been a new Plymouth State University Web page created for Protecting the Forest: The Weeks Act of 1911. Check it out!

Weeks Act Lecture Series Flyers

March 2nd, 2010 by CfRP
Here are all of the flyers for the upcoming Weeks Act Lectures!
All of these flyers will open into a larger version if they are clicked on, and all the links for the PDF’s will open in a new window and show the flyer in a full view.

Exhibition "Protecting the Forest: The Weeks Act of 1911"

Protecting the Forests (PDF)

Information about parking for Weeks Act Events

February 18th, 2010 by CfRP

The lectures in the Weeks Act Centennial Lecture Series are located in Heritage Commons in Hall Hall on the campus of Plymouth State University.  On the campus map, Heritage Commons is listed in Building #10. It is in Highland Street, across from Lamson Library.

Weeks Act Lecture Series Schedule

February 5th, 2010 by CfRP
This is the schedule for the upcoming Weeks Act Centennial Lectures. (Click on the image for a larger view)

This is the schedule for the upcoming Weeks Act Centennial Lectures. (Click on the image for a larger view)

Download the schedule (.JPG)

Weeks Act Bibliography

February 4th, 2010 by CfRP

For those who are interested in learning more about the history of the Weeks Act (or Weeks Law), the White Mountain National Forest, or related topics, here is a list of resources for you.  This is a bibliography (still under development) is a result of contributions by David Govotski, Christopher Johnson, Marcia Schmidt Blaine, and Linda Upham-Bornstein.  Enjoy!

Weeks Act Bibliography (PDF)

Celebrating a Century of the Weeks Act PSU and N.H.’s North Country Reflect on Landmark Conservation Effort – Press Release

January 21st, 2010 by CfRP

Plymouth, N.H. – Plymouth State University is celebrating the 100th birthday of one of the most successful land conservation efforts in U.S. and New Hampshire history. The Weeks Act was signed into law in 1911, after a decade-long debate about the role of the federal government in protecting forestlands. The Weeks Act, named after Massachusetts Congressman John Weeks, allowed the use of federal funding to purchase forest land for conservation. The Weeks Act appropriated $9 million to purchase 6 million acres of land in the eastern United States.

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