“Outdoors with the AMC” Column Outlines Upcoming Weeks Act Centennial Activities

July 15th, 2011 by Melissa

What comes to mind when you think of the White Mountain National Forest and its surroundings?  Recreational opportunities? Forest products? Natural attractions? Partnerships?  All of these and more will be highlighted at the Weeks Act Centennial Festival, to be held at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road on July 29 from 9 am to 3 pm.

Among the day’s offerings are Junior Ranger activities; water, pond, and stream discovery activities; a weather demonstration by representatives of the Mount Washington Observatory; a hands-on watershed display; and the mobile forest heritage museum, “Way of the Woods.”

Crafts and craftspeople will also be featured, with demonstrations to include a cross-cut competition with the University of New Hampshire Woodsmen; wood-turning; basket-making; and an old tools demonstration. Representatives from the national forest and the Appalachian Mountain Club are set to lead a hike to view various trail structures and discuss techniques of trail management and trail maintenance. AMC representatives are also set to lead an interpretive hike during which they will point out White Mountain flora and fauna.

Logging history interpretation is set to be provided by Dick Fortin, and performances are slated with storyteller Rebecca Rule; Jeff Warner performing lumber camp songs; fiddler, Patrick Ross; and Marek Bennett and his band, Big Paws.

Read the full article at http://www.newhampshire.com/article/20110710/NEWHAMPSHIRE03/110719968/-1/new.

Weeks Act Legacy Trail Field Trip: Saturday, August 20

July 13th, 2011 by Melissa

Weeks State Park Event – Weeks Act Legacy Trail Field Trip
(Saturday 08/20/2011 – 09:00 AM03:00 PM)

This free field trip will introduce participants to a few of the stops along the driving route of the new Weeks Act Legacy Trail in the White Mountain National Forest.  Upon completing the field trip, visitors will be able to download trail information onto their smart phones or iPad devices or print out maps with their home computer.

The group will meet at Artists Bluff parking lot on Route 18 in Franconia, NH at 9:00 am and will carpool to selected sites along the trail.

Weeks State Park Association, NH Division of Parks, and UNH Cooperative Extension, with additional support from local businesses.

For more information:

Questions about this event can be directed to Dave Govatski by calling Weeks State Park at 788-4004.

Saving the Mountains: New Hampshire & Creating the National Forests

July 12th, 2011 by Melissa

Margret and H.A. Rey Center, Waterville Valley, July 15 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.  Lecture – Saving the Mountains: New Hampshire & Creating the National Forests by Marcia Schmidt Blaine

This year, New Hampshire and the nation are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act, the law that created the eastern national forests. New Hampshire’s White Mountains played a leading role in events leading to the act. Focusing on Concord’s Joseph B. Walker and the Forest Society’s Philip Ayres, Marcia Schmidt Blaine, from Plymouth State University, will explore the relationship between our mountains and individuals who worked to protect them. Adults and families with children ages 8+.  Held at the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, Waterville Valley Resort’s Town Square, NH.

This program is generously sponsored by the NH Humanities Council’s Humanities To Go! program. There is no charge to attend, donations are welcome. Contact: programs@thereycenter.org or 603-236-3308

You are Invited to 8 Days of Weeks!

July 12th, 2011 by Melissa

Communities throughout the White Mountains–from Plymouth to Gorham–will be celebrating 100 years of the Weeks Act–as well as culture and heritage in the Whites–during August as part of the “8 Days of Weeks” festival.  Highlights include:

  • Weekend music and concerts
  • Guided hikes and tours with Forest Service naturalists
  • Local festival and heritage days throughout the region
  • Hands on craft projects

For more information on this family-friendly summer festival, please visit www.weekslegacy.org or the  Arts Alliance of Northern NH webpage.

Mount Washington Observatory Weeks Lecture Series

July 6th, 2011 by Melissa

The Mount Washington Observatory’s Weather Discovery Center in North Conway will host a summer lecture series for six weeks in a row in July and August. This free lecture series focuses on the significance of the Weeks Act and its impact on the past, present and future of our national forests. This free series will be held at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway on six successive Tuesday nights in July and August.  All programs begin at 7pm.  The schedule is as follows:

July 12
Rebecca Weeks Sherrill More, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, Brown University
The Impact of North Country Community and Collaboration in the Weeks Act of 1911

July 19
Tom Wagner, Supervisor, White Mountain National Forest
100 Years of Public Land Management

July 26
Mark Okrant, Professor of Tourism Management, Director of the Institute for New Hampshire Studies, Plymouth State University
Two Centuries of Tourism in the White Mountains: A Region Comes Full Circle

August 2
David Govatski, U.S. Forest Service, retired; Board of Directors, whitemountainhistory.org
The Weeks Act and the Creation of the White Mountain National Forest

August 9
Linda Upham-Bornstein, Graduate Adjunct Faculty, Plymouth State University
Working Forests: From Market Revolution to Industrialization

August 16
Marcia Schmidt Blaine, Associate Professor of History, Plymouth State University
Saving the Mountains: Joseph B. Walker, Phillip Ayers, and the Weeks Act of 1911

For more information please visit the Mount Washington Observatory’s site: www.mountwashington.org/education/weeks/

Weeks Act Celebration Hike – Crawford Path & Gibbs Brook Scenic Area July 15th

July 6th, 2011 by Melissa

Weeks Act Celebration Hike – Crawford Path & Gibbs Brook Scenic Area.
Appalachian Mountain Club and Forest Society Co-leaders

Friday July 15th, 9 am to 4 pm
Raindate: Saturday, July 16th

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the historic Weeks Act which ultimately created the White Mountain National Forest. Amidst unsustainable logging practices and damage to water resources, two organizations; The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and Appalachian Mountain Club led the cry of public outrage and called for the government to protect natural resources. In 1911 the Weeks Act was passed allowing the government to purchase private land for resource protection, enabling creation of the White Mountain National Forest and 51 other national forests totaling more than 20 million acres.

Among groups instrumental in passage of the Weeks Act, the Forest Society and AMC remain active today while the WMNF has grown from 7,000 to almost 800,000 acres. This year, the same two organizations celebrate those visionaries who fought long and hard for land conservation by co-sponsoring a commemorative hike in the heart of the White Mountains.

Join the Forest Society for a guided hike along the Crawford Path where the Weeks Act legacy surrounds us on a scenic trail in the mountains. Co- led by Dave Anderson, Director of Education, Forest Society and Nancy Ritger, AMC Senior Naturalist, this hike features our continuing partnership, the historic Crawford Path, the oldest continuously used hiking path in the US, Gibbs Brook with its scenic cascades and remnants of stream monitoring and Gibbs Brook Scenic Area featuring a rare patch of old growth forest. The hike is a moderate climb with opportunities to learn how the White Mountains were conserved. There is no charge, but registration is required as space is limited. Hikers should be prepared for mountain weather.

To pre-register e-mail signup@forestsociety.org or call (603) 224-9945 ext. 313.

Centennial of Weeks Act shines light on economic vitality of White Mt. National Forest

July 6th, 2011 by Melissa

What has the Weeks Act done for you lately?  Signed into law in March 1911, the Weeks Act set in motion a process that resulted in the preservation and management of more than 20 million acres and the establishment of more than 50 national forests in 23 states.

A recent article in the Concord Monitor outlines what this has meant for New Hampshire: a combination of conservation and sustainable economic development. Dozens of New Hampshire communities benefit directly from the fee receipts of timber cutting and the multiplier effects of timber-related jobs.

Read the full article from the Concord Monitor here.