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The Forest History Society is a nonprofit library and archive dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating forest and conservation history for all to use. The Society links the past to the future while reminding us about our important forest heritage.

As part of our mission, FHS is continually seeking innovative ways of enhancing its programs in research, publication, and education, and new methods for promoting the study of environmental history. Towards that end, you'll now find us on Facebook and Twitter and blogging at Peeling Back the Bark. We invite you to take a tour of FHS, and then explore the website and discover your forest heritage!


Thank You, FHS Donors

With a new fiscal year underway, the FHS pauses to reflect thankfully on last year. Annual gifts, which cover about 40 percent of FHS program costs, help make everything that happens at FHS possible. Over 800 individuals, students, institutions, corporations, foundations, and associations came together to support FHS in fiscal year 2016-17. View the honor roll of Contributors and Project Sponsors.


Board Tours Forêt Montmorency

Laval University professor Evelyne Thiffault led FHS board members in a walk around Lake Piché within Forêt Montmorency, the world’s largest research and teaching forest. Former board members Jean-Claude Mercier and Peter Murphy joined nearly 40 board members and guests in Québec City, April 27-28. FHS is grateful for 60+ years of Canadian business, government, and academic leaders on the FHS Board.


New Forest History Today

The Spring 2017 issue of Forest History Today was published in recognition of the National Park Service’s centennial. Articles include a study of a tiny fish in the middle of the Nevada desert; the establishment of the national seashores; the 1970 riot in Yosemite National Park; sustainable agriculture and woodlot management in Cuyahoga Valley National Park; and establishing a new national monument in Maine.


FHS Research Portal

The FHS Research Portal allows users to pull together a list of books, articles, photographs, dissertations, materials from the U.S. Forest Service history collection, oral histories, and descriptions of archival collections at FHS and elsewhere all into a single results page, helpfully divided into categories. Search results can be easily saved, emailed, and printed. Begin your research using the online portal today.