Celebrating the Birth of Natural Forests

March 17th, 2011 by Kelly

More than 43 million people visit national forests east of the Mississippi each year, according to the United States Forest Service, but few know that their origins lie in the Weeks Act, signed into law 100 years ago, on March 1, 1911.

Considered one of the greatest laws for the protection of national forests and one of the most important and successful efforts in land conservation history, the legislation authorized federal funds to buy eventually more than 25 million acres of private forest land in 26 Eastern states.

This year, to commemorate the act, a collective of groups organized as WeeksLegacy.org, has scheduled activities and events throughout the year, including field trips to the forests, lectures and arts festivals, touring exhibits, educational programs, trail cleanups and more. Among this month’s highlights: a lecture in Hillsborough, N.H., by Rebecca Weeks Sherrill More, a great-granddaughter of John Wingate Weeks, who created the act.

Visit full link to the article in the New York Times