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.

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.

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.