Forest History Society

I SUPPORT THE FOREST HISTORY SOCIETY.

The Forest History Society is the preeminent organization supporting research and understanding of how people used and interacted with the forested ecosystems of the planet over the long sweep of human history. Its archives, publications, and outreach programs are indispensable in advancing the knowledge of forest and conservation history worldwide. –William J. Cronon, professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies, The University of Wisconsin

In the 5-minute video below, Char Miller, Director and W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College, talks about the importance of preserving forest history, the uniqueness of the Forest History Society, and his experiences using the Society’s rich library and archival collections.

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In this 6-minute video, Larry Tombaugh, longtime member and past Chairman of the Board, leads you on a guided tour through the facilities, programs, and collections of the Forest History Society.

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The Forest History Society (FHS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational institution located in Durham, North Carolina, that links the past to the future by identifying, collecting, preserving, interpreting, and disseminating information on the history of interactions between people, forests, and their related resources — timber, water, soil, forage, fish and wildlife, recreation, and scenic or spiritual values. Through programs in research, publication, and education, the Society promotes and rewards scholarship in the fields of forest, conservation, and environmental history while reminding all of us about our important forest heritage.  –FHS website

Latest Peeling Back the Bark articles (RSS feed):

  • “How Great the Gain!”: Women and the Forest Service
    This post, coauthored by James G. Lewis of the Forest History Society and Rachel D. Kline of the U.S. Forest Service, was originally published in a special issue of the journal Western Forester on "Women in Forestry" in August 2021. The journal is published by the Society of American Foresters' Oregon, Washington State, and Alaska... The post “How Great the Gain!”: Women and the Forest Service appeared first on Forest History Society.
  • The Great Northwest Log Haul of 1988
    On May 13, 1988, a convoy of trucks more than 12 miles long rolled down U.S. Highway 93 in Montana. Onlookers gawked and cheered as over 300 trucks fully loaded down with logs passed by one by one. This impressive display was actually a unique form of protest by the local logging community. Frustrated by... The post The Great Northwest Log Haul of 1988 appeared first on Forest History Society.
  • Black Woman in Green: Excerpts from Gloria Brown’s Memoir
    In 1999, Gloria Brown became the first female African American forest supervisor in the U.S. Forest Service. Gloria cowrote her memoir Black Woman in Green: Gloria Brown and the Unmarked Trail to Forest Service Leadership (Oregon State University Press, 2020) with Donna Sinclair, who shares her reflections on working with Gloria and excerpts from the memoir.... The post Black Woman in Green: Excerpts from Gloria Brown’s Memoir appeared first on Forest History Society.
  • How Forest History Can Be Like A Beethoven Symphony
    This post is adapted from the Editor’s Note in the Spring/Fall 2020 issue of Forest History Today. As I sit here in a medical facility in December, waiting to be called, surrounded by people wearing masks because of the global pandemic, I hear the welcome sound of someone playing a piano. A staffer, dressed head... The post How Forest History Can Be Like A Beethoven Symphony appeared first on Forest History Society.
  • Harold E. Smith’s Forest Service Christmas Story
    “Harold E. Smith’s Forest Service Christmas Story” is by USDA Forest Service historian Rachel D. Kline. As we approach the holiday season in the Forest Service during this unprecedented time, history shows us that our curtailed holiday activities during a difficult time are not really that unprecedented after all. In fact, there are reminders of... The post Harold E. Smith’s Forest Service Christmas Story appeared first on Forest History Society.
  • “We Were in Love with the Forest”: Protecting Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
    This blog post by Ellen Sharp and Will Wright is a working version of an article to be published in the Spring/Fall 2020 issue of our magazine Forest History Today. We are making it available beforehand because of the time sensitivity of the conservation issue it discusses. You can download a draft version of this... The post “We Were in Love with the Forest”: Protecting Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve appeared first on Forest History Society.
  • American Forests – Trail Riders
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  • The Wood Prince of Bel Air: Building the ‘Strangers When We Meet’ House
    In the summer of 1960, Columbia Pictures released the film Strangers When We Meet. Adapted by Evan Hunter from his novel by the same name, the film’s plot centers around Larry Coe, an architect (played by Kirk Douglas) who is building a home for a Hollywood writer (played by Ernie Kovacs). While designing and building... The post The Wood Prince of Bel Air: Building the ‘Strangers When We Meet’ House appeared first on Forest History Society.
  • The Monongahela at 100: How Its Signature Event Changed American Forestry
    The Monongahela National Forest was established on April 28, 1920. Historian Char Miller has adapted a chapter from the book America’s Great National Forests, Wilderness & Grasslands, with photographs by Tim Palmer (Rizzoli, 2016), to mark the centennial.  The banner headline on the front page of the Elkins, West Virginia, newspaper for November 8, 1973,... The post The Monongahela at 100: How Its Signature Event Changed American Forestry appeared first on Forest History Society.
  • Carl Schenck and His Life in Lindenfels
    Historian Jameson Karns recently interviewed the two remaining “Schenck boys”—the young boys Carl Alwin Schenck taught and mentored in the aftermath of World War II. They have generously provided hours of interviews for FHS, as well as having donated some of Schenck’s lesson plans, correspondence, love letters, and photos. They provided an intimate look into... The post Carl Schenck and His Life in Lindenfels appeared first on Forest History Society.