“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 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.