The Weeks Act and the Creation of the White Mountain National Forest
Wednesday February 16, 2011 at 7 PM
Bretzfelder Park Lecture Series
The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, New Hampshire
The White Mountains have played a key role in the conservation history of the United States—yet that role has often been overlooked. The rugged beauty of the White Mountains inspired the passage of the Weeks Act in 1911. This law gave the federal government — for the first time–the resources to buy land for the purpose of protecting the headwater forests of navigable rivers. During the past century, 52 national forests were created which contain over 25 million acres in 26 eastern states. Without the Weeks Act, we would not have the White Mountain National Forest today.
Join Forest Historian David Govatski for a presentation celebrating the legacy of the Weeks Act a hundred years after its passage. Learn about Lancaster native John Wingate Weeks who sponsored what has been called “one of the most important forest conservation bills in US history”. See historic photos of the early days of the White Mountain National Forest including forest fires and extensive logging that led to the passage of the Weeks Act by Congress on February 15, 1911 and signed by President Taft on March 1, 1911.
The Rocks Estate is managed by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. For more information on the Rocks Estate including directions go to: http://www.therocks.org/