Free Program Wednesday 16 February 2011 at 7 PM at the Rocks Estate in Bethlehem
The Weeks Act and the Creation of the White Mountain National Forest
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 headwaters of navigable rivers. During the past century, 52 national forests were created containing 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.
This free program is part of the Bretzfelder Lecture Series and will be held at the Rocks Estate on 4 Christmas Tree Lane in Bethlehem on Wednesday 16 February 2011 starting at 7 PM.