Forest History Society

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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):

  • Wood in the Space Age: Forest Products at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair
    On April 21, 1962, the Century 21 Exposition (better known as the Seattle World’s Fair) opened to the public. From a vacation home in Florida, President Kennedy pressed a telegraph key to officially start the fair. The Seattle World’s Fair is best remembered for the Space Needle, which became an enduring Seattle landmark, as well... The post Wood in the Space Age: Forest Products at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair appeared first on Forest History Society.
  • The ‘Ace Photographer’ and Paul Bunyan: Berenice Abbott’s Red River Lumber Company Photos
    In February 1944 a new photograph exhibition opened at a San Francisco gallery, featuring a new set of images by the talented American photographer Berenice Abbott (1898-1991). The location where she had shot was a radical departure for the photographer known for working in urban settings: a lumber mill in a small town in northern... The post The ‘Ace Photographer’ and Paul Bunyan: Berenice Abbott’s Red River Lumber Company Photos appeared first on Forest History Society.
  • The Bureau of Land Management at Seventy-Five: Who Will Celebrate with Them?
    In 2021, the Bureau of Land Management turned 75 but with little if any fanfare. Historian James R. Skillen, who’s written extensively about the BLM, reflected upon its history. This article appears in the 2021 issue of Forest History Today. July 16, 2021, was the Bureau of Land Management’s seventy-fifth anniversary, but celebration was probably... The post The Bureau of Land Management at Seventy-Five: Who Will Celebrate with Them? appeared first on Forest History Society.
  • From the First Tree Farm to the President’s Front Lawn: Remembering the 1961 National Christmas Tree
    The chosen 75-foot Douglas fir on the Clemons Tree Farm. Sixty years ago this month the National Christmas Tree was erected in Washington, DC, on the Ellipse between the White House and the Washington Monument. The annual tradition of a National Christmas Tree dates back to 1923, but from 1954 to 1972, the selected tree... The post From the First Tree Farm to the President’s Front Lawn: Remembering the 1961 National Christmas Tree appeared first on Forest History Society.
  • “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.