A SPECIAL EVENT - Join us for a group tour of the Forest Society’s oldest property: the 157 acre Lost River Reservation with Lost River and Forest Society staff guides. At 2 pm, help us celebrate the 100th birthday of the White Mountain National Forest. Guest speakers from partner organizations including White Mountains Attractions Association, the Plymouth State University Museum of the White Mountains and the US Forest Service, White Mountain National Forest.
When the Weeks Act was passed in 1911, it is unlikely that anyone envisioned the White Mountain National Forest that millions of visitors enjoy today throughout the year. Creating the forest as we know it was a complex process that took many years, even after its formal establishment in 1918.
Come and learn about the remarkable transformation of the White Mountain regions landscape from a patchwork of hard-scrabble farms and forest lands to a national Forest Reserve. Presented by Rebecca W. S. More, Ph.D, Visiting Scholar, Dept. of History, Brown University.
Join the Museum of the White Mountains for a special viewing of “The People’s Forest: The Story of the White Mountain National Forest.” This 48-minute documentary by filmmaker David Huntley tells “…one of the greatest environmental comeback stories in American history.” In the late 1800s, the White Mountains suffered from extensive logging, and between 1880 and 1910, hundreds of thousands of acres were destroyed by forest fires, followed by erosion and flooding.
Join Forest Hydrologist, Gordon Stuart, to learn the story behind the Weeks Act. It begins during the 1800s when trees were cut to supply wood for buildings, heating, steam engines, and agriculture. By 1900, the extensive clearing of forests had changed the flow of Appalachian rivers and disrupted river commerce. Congress responded by drafting the Weeks Act, but those opposed required a streamflow study by the US Geological Survey to prove that cutting trees changed streamflow.
Join forest industry specialists for an informative tour about how forest silvicultural objectives are met. This tour will observe three different timber sales that were made over varying time scales. At the conclusion of the tour, feel free to join WMNF and NHTOA staff for a guided hike in the White Mountain National Forest.
Timber Sale Tours: 8:00-12:00
Timber Sale 1: Observe a timber sale before active management has been initiated - Hear how objectives were formulated and what silvicultural actions have been prescribed to meet the objectives.
Today the White Mountain National Forest comprises approximately 780,000 acres, including 50,000 acres in Maine, and supports upwards of 6 million visitors annually. To honor the accomplishments of the last 100 years, we will be compiling stories, articles, and events celebrating the 100th Anniversary of "The People's Forest" on this page. Explore the links below to learn more.
PLYMOUTH — On the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s establishment of the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF), dozens of its champions gathered at Plymouth State University’s Museum of the White Mountains on Wednesday for the opening of “The People’s Forest” exhibit.