Weeks State Park Association Free Summer Programs

June 28th, 2011 by Melissa

The Weeks State Park Association’s Evening Program Series is underway, featuring several presentations which specifically pertain to the Weeks Act.

On July 28, Dave Govatski will present on the Weeks Act & Creation of the White Mountain National Forest.  Dave will also speak about the The Weeks Act Legacy Trail on August 18, and will lead a Weeks Act Legacy Trail Field Trip on Saturday, August 20.  Rebecca Weeks and Sherrill More will discuss the Impact of Lancaster, NH on The Weeks Act of 1911 on August 25.

Many additional programs are scheduled; please view a complete listing of the summer schedule.

All programs are held at the Summit Lodge on Thursdays at 7 PM, unless otherwise noted.  Call the Park (788-4004) for confirmation of dates and topics.

Weeks State Park is located about 2 miles south of Lancaster, NH on Route 3.  Attendance is free and the public is invited to all programs.  Come early and enjoy the scenic park drive and views.

Char Miller on the Legacy of the Weeks Act

June 21st, 2011 by Melissa

Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College and Senior Fellow at the Pinchot Institute for Conservation spoke about the legacy of the Weeks Act and the history of forest conservation in the United States.  Miller’s talk integrates the historical, philosophical, and economic conditions that eventually led to the passing of the Weeks Act.

This video was produced by the US Department of Agriculture for the centennial celebration of the Weeks Act.

Hands-On Forest Activities at the Weeks Act Centennial Festival, July 29!

June 17th, 2011 by Melissa

The Weeks Act, passed in 1911, is marking its 100th Anniversary and the White Mountain National Forest along with several partner organizations is hosting a family-friendly festival on July 29 from 9:00 – 3:00 at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. This free, public event is part of a coordinated New Hampshire effort celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial.

The Weeks Act made the creation of the National Forests east of the Mississippi River possible. This landmark piece of conservation legislation helped to create 41 National Forests in the Eastern United States, including the White Mountain National Forest. These valuable forests now provide clean water, wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities, forest products, and so much more. To commemorate this important anniversary, the Society for Protection of NH Forests, Appalachian Mountain Club, NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, Plymouth State University, Weeks State Park Association, Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, members of the Weeks family, and the White Mountain National Forest, have come together to celebrate the Weeks Act Centennial throughout the year.

The Main Pavilion of the festival will highlight these 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 entertainment will be ongoing throughout the day. Currently scheduled to perform: musician, Jeff Warner performing Lumber Camp Songs; amazingly talented fiddler, Patrick Ross; Marek Bennett and his band Big Paws; very popular storyteller and comedian Rebecca Rule; and historical interpreter Dick Fortin.

The Forest and Family Experience Pavilion will have many hands-on, family-friendly activities, including hikeSafe instruction, Junior Ranger activities, a Mt. Washington Weather observatory demonstration, a US Forest Service soil investigation pit, and water, pond and stream discovery. The NH Division of Forests and Lands will have a wildfire truck display and there will be a wildland fire obstacle course for children of all ages to enjoy.  There are also several walk thru educational trucks scheduled to be on display including the “Way of the Woods” a mobile forest heritage museum and “Watershed on Wheels” – a hands on interactive display.

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. Some of the demonstrations scheduled include: Old Tools of the Trade; A Cross Cut Competition with the UNH Woodsmen; Trail Building and Maintenance; What is Intarsia?;  Wood and Art, The Art of Basket Making; a Wood Turner and Wood Carver/Doll Maker. You will also be able to learn how to build a bird house from expert woodworkers!

Food and refreshments will be available all day long under the Festival Food Pavilion.

Additional information about the Weeks Act Centennial Festival and a list of other events are available at www.weekslegacy.org and www.fs.fed.us/r9/white

For more information:
Colleen Mainville
cmainville@fs.fed.us

or

Kelly Cioe, Kelly@whalenpr.com
O. 603-436-2347
C. 207-441-5624

“The Remarkable John Weeks” Available Now!

June 14th, 2011 by Melissa

Iris Baird and the Friends of the Weeks Memorial Library in Lancaster, NH have just published a new 60 page booklet about the life of John Wingate Weeks and his achievements including the passage and implementation of the Weeks Act.

The booklet is well illustrated with photographs and is available for $5 plus $2 for shipping from:

Weeks Memorial Library
128 Main Street
Lancaster, NH 03584-3031

Only 1,000 copies were printed locally at Sherwin Dodge Printers in Littleton, NH. This is a “must-have” for anyone interested in the Weeks Act or the life of John Wingate Weeks and his Lancaster, NH ties.