“Let’s Go Fishing” Event Celebrates Weeks Act Centennial and National Get Outdoors Day

May 23rd, 2011 by Melissa

Learn how to fish or develop your fishing skills at a fun free event on Saturday, June 18, at Wildcat Mountain Resort (Route 16, Pinkham Notch). The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine; registration closes at 12 noon, so get there early! “Let’s Go Fishing” volunteer instructors and staff from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will be joined by representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and the Appalachian Mountain Club to provide a wealth of experience and knowledge to help the beginning angler get started. The special “Let’s Go Fishing” Event at Wildcat Mountain Celebrates the Weeks Act Centennial and National Get Outdoors Day.

Participants who register on the morning of the event will receive a “passport” outlining 5 stations that must be completed before they can begin fishing. Educational and instructional skill stations will include: Knot Tying; Fish ID; Casting; Ecology; Macro Invertebrates; and Fishing. Each station activity will take 15-20 minutes to complete and once an activity has been completed, the passport will be stamped and the aspiring angler will be one step closer to casting a line in the stocked fishing pond! No fishing license is needed to participate in “Let’s Go Fishing” activities such as this event.

All ages are welcome at this free event, but children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All participants should bring sturdy footwear and clothing as well as personal sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen) and bug repellent. The fishing pond at Wildcat Mountain is accessible via the “C lot” entrance located approximately a quarter mile past the main entrance on the north-bound side of Route 16 heading toward Gorham, N.H.

Co-sponsored by the White Mountain Interpretative Association, the “Let’s Go Fishing” Event at Wildcat Mountain is part of a coordinated statewide celebration of the Weeks Act Centennial and honoring the tradition of conservation and partnerships exemplified by the act, which created our Eastern National Forests, including the White Mountain National Forest. This observance of the Weeks Act provides an opportunity to promote increased awareness of sustainable forestry, land stewardship and citizen-based conservation. This event is also included among the National Get Outdoors Day events in June, which encourage Americans, especially our youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters.

Save the Date!: Weeks Act Centennial Festival – July 29

May 20th, 2011 by Melissa

The Weeks Act, passed in 1911, is marking its 100th Anniversary.  The Weeks Act authorized the Federal purchase of land which has since helped to create 52 National Forests, including the White Mountain National Forest. These valuable forests now provide clean water, wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities, forest products and so much more.

We are celebrating this important legislation and milestone at the Weeks Act Centennial Festival on July 29th.  There will be areas of activity to enjoy in several Pavilions at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road.

The Main Pavilion will highlight 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 music, comedy and storytelling will be presented.

The Forest and Family Experience Pavilion will have many hands-on, family-friendly activities, including Hike Safe instruction, Junior Ranger activities and forest explorations.  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. Food and refreshments will be available all day long under the Festival Food Pavilion.

This free, public event is part of a coordinated New Hampshire effort celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial and honoring the tradition of conservation and partnerships exemplified by the Act.

For more information, go to www.weekslegacy.org, or call 603.536.6100.

Forest Land Conservation in the 21st Century: Strategy and Policy

May 1st, 2011 by Kelly

Pinchot Institute for Conservation
Save the Date
June 7-8 2011
Forest Land Conservation in the 21st Century: Strategy and Policy

Times & Dates:
June 7-8 2011
Coffee at 8:30am
Symposium 9am-5pm

Yale University
Kroon Hall
135 Prospect Street
New Haven, Connecticut

A Symposium in commemoration of the Weeks Act Centennial and the 2011 international Year of the Forests

Sponsored by:
USDA Forest Service
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studios
Pinchot Institute for Conservation

The Weeks Act
The Weeks Act of 1911 is now recognized as a major breakthrough in American conservation history, resulting in the protection and restoration of more than 25 million acres of degraded forest, and creating many of the eastern National Forests. At this conference, leading conservationists will examine the significance of these accomplishments during the first hundred years of the Weeks Act, highlight innovative collaborative forest conservation initiatives that are achieving broad environmental and economic benefits, and identify opportunities to build on this success in the face of evolving conservation challenges.