Weeks Act Centennial Festival = Great Success

August 4th, 2011 by Melissa

Campton, N.H., August 01, 2011—The White Mountain National Forest would like to thank all the exhibitors, partners, artists, and volunteers, for participating in the July 29, 2011, Weeks Act Centennial Festival. Your enthusiasm and energy truly made the festival a success and we appreciate your presence.

The event—commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act—attracted several hundred people (and over 50 retirees) to the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road to learn more about the National Forest, wood products, outdoor safety, water, and much more. Music, storytelling, and historical interpretations were entertaining and educational. Demonstrations from expert wood workers exhibiting their crafts were major highlights along with the hands on activities in the Family Pavilion.

“Having all our partners and friends in conservation and tourism along with the great group of retirees join us in this event was a clear statement of the legacy of the Weeks Act and the White Mountain National Forest,” reflected Forest Supervisor Thomas Wagner. “It’s in large part due to the Weeks Act that the White Mountain National Forest is here today, providing clean water, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, forest products, and many other unique opportunities.”

For those who were unable to attend the festival, 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. 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, will be providing several more activities and celebrations for the Weeks Act Centennial throughout the rest of the year. You can find a current list of events at www.weekslegacy.org.

For more information on the White Mountain National Forest please visit www.fs.fed.us/r9/white or call (603) 536-6100.

“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.

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/

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.