New NH Historic Marker Commemorates Signing of the Weeks Act

November 10th, 2011 by Melissa

Visitors to the lodge atop Mt. Prospect in Weeks State Park will get an additional helping of history, thanks to a new NH historic marker commemorating the signing of the Weeks Act.

The Marker reads:

“The Lodge atop Mt. Prospect was the summer home of John Wingate Weeks (1860 – 1926), renowned ‘Father of the Eastern National Forests,’ author of the Weeks Act, passed by the U.S. Congress, March 1, 1911. The Act enables the government to buy privately owned land to be ‘permanently reserved, held and administered as national forest lands,’ for the protection, development, and use of their natural resources. Much of the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF), one of the 48 forests made possible by the Weeks Act, can be viewed from the Lodge and from the fieldstone fire tower near the Lodge.”

An interactive map of all of the state’s historical highway markers is available at the N.H. Division of Historical Resources’ website,

The New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker Program is jointly managed by the N.H. Division of Historical Resources and N.H. Department of Transportation.

New Hampshire’s Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among the most important environmental assets of the state. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire’s citizens. For more information, visit us online at or by calling (603) 271-3483.

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,
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:

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.

Char Miller on the Legacy of the Weeks Act

June 21st, 2011 by Melissa

Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College and Senior Fellow at the Pinchot Institute for Conservation spoke about the legacy of the Weeks Act and the history of forest conservation in the United States.  Miller’s talk integrates the historical, philosophical, and economic conditions that eventually led to the passing of the Weeks Act.


This video was produced by the US Department of Agriculture for the centennial celebration of the Weeks Act.

Hands-On Forest Activities at the Weeks Act Centennial Festival, July 29!

June 17th, 2011 by Melissa

The Weeks Act, passed in 1911, is marking its 100th Anniversary and the White Mountain National Forest along with several partner organizations is hosting a family-friendly festival on July 29 from 9:00 – 3:00 at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. This free, public event is part of a coordinated New Hampshire effort celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial.

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, including the White Mountain National Forest. These valuable forests now provide clean water, wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities, forest products, and so much more. To commemorate this important anniversary, 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, have come together to celebrate the Weeks Act Centennial throughout the year.

The Main Pavilion of the festival will highlight these 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 entertainment will be ongoing throughout the day. Currently scheduled to perform: musician, Jeff Warner performing Lumber Camp Songs; amazingly talented fiddler, Patrick Ross; Marek Bennett and his band Big Paws; very popular storyteller and comedian Rebecca Rule; and historical interpreter Dick Fortin.

The Forest and Family Experience Pavilion will have many hands-on, family-friendly activities, including hikeSafe instruction, Junior Ranger activities, a Mt. Washington Weather observatory demonstration, a US Forest Service soil investigation pit, and water, pond and stream discovery. The NH Division of Forests and Lands will have a wildfire truck display and there will be a wildland fire obstacle course for children of all ages to enjoy.  There are also several walk thru educational trucks scheduled to be on display including the “Way of the Woods” a mobile forest heritage museum and “Watershed on Wheels” – a hands on interactive display.

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. Some of the demonstrations scheduled include: Old Tools of the Trade; A Cross Cut Competition with the UNH Woodsmen; Trail Building and Maintenance; What is Intarsia?;  Wood and Art, The Art of Basket Making; a Wood Turner and Wood Carver/Doll Maker. You will also be able to learn how to build a bird house from expert woodworkers!

Food and refreshments will be available all day long under the Festival Food Pavilion.

Additional information about the Weeks Act Centennial Festival and a list of other events are available at and

For more information:
Colleen Mainville


Kelly Cioe,
O. 603-436-2347
C. 207-441-5624

“The Remarkable John Weeks” Available Now!

June 14th, 2011 by Melissa

Iris Baird and the Friends of the Weeks Memorial Library in Lancaster, NH have just published a new 60 page booklet about the life of John Wingate Weeks and his achievements including the passage and implementation of the Weeks Act.

The booklet is well illustrated with photographs and is available for $5 plus $2 for shipping from:

Weeks Memorial Library
128 Main Street
Lancaster, NH 03584-3031

Only 1,000 copies were printed locally at Sherwin Dodge Printers in Littleton, NH. This is a “must-have” for anyone interested in the Weeks Act or the life of John Wingate Weeks and his Lancaster, NH ties.

Asheville Adventure of the Week: Spring Forest Festival

April 5th, 2011 by Kelly

For access to the full online article click HERE

What: Bent Creek Spring Forest Festival.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Bent Creek Experimental Forest administration campus, 1577 Brevard Road.

Details: The U.S. Forest Service is celebrating its birthday, and everyone is invited.

“The festival is a great opportunity to learn about Bent Creek and what we do here, and the Forest Service, and the Southern Research Station,” said Julia Murphy, festival organizer, “and to celebrate the establishment of the national forests in the East with the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Weeks Act.”

The federal Weeks Act established the first national forest in the Eastern U.S.

The first — and only — celebration of its kind at Bent Creek will have more than 20 partners at the fairlike festival, which goes on rain or shine, Murphy said.

Some of the exhibitors include the National Wild Turkey Federation, which will have a youth BB range, the Blue Ridge Parkway with an “invasive species game” for kids, Trout Unlimited with fly-fishing demonstrations, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission with a live fish aquarium, and Smokey Bear.

The film “Magic at the Cradle” will be shown, and a Cub Scout pack will sell lunch and snack items.

“The festival is free, it’s family-oriented and has something for everyone, and all ages,” Murphy said.

Information: Contact Julia Murphy at 667-5261, ext. 104, or or visit

How the Weeks Act Changed the Country (even California)

February 26th, 2011 by Kelly

Click here for full article

Wild by Law- Char Miller on the Weeks Act

February 26th, 2011 by Kelly

Due to the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act, stories such as this in the Republican American are floating around the New England press.

Char Miller contributes Weeks Act Forest Planning[1] essay called “Wild by Law.” Longer than a blog post, but well worth the read, and a gentle reminder that public lands ideas, ideals and controversy are not just a western concern.

Protecting the Forest: The Weeks Act of 1911 Exhibition Tour

February 9th, 2011 by Kelly

Listed below are the dates and locations of the:

Protecting the Forest: The Weeks Act of 1911 Exhibition Tour

Plymouth State University, Silver Center, March 3 – April 11, 2010


The Balsams Grand Resort, Dixville Notch, NH, May 24-28, 2010


Mountain Grand View Resort and Spa, Whitefield, NH, June 1-2, 2010


Weeks State Park, Lancaster, NH, June 23 – September 6, 2010


The Highland Center, Crawford Notch, September 2010 – January 3, 2011


St. Kieran Art Center, Berlin, NH, January 16 – March 27, 2011


National Forest Service, Campton, NH, Campton, NH April-May, 2011


Mt Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, North Conway, NH Memorial Day – Labor Day, 2011


Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Concord, NH, September – October, 2011