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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!


From Our Award-Winning Blog

Our latest "Forgotten Characters from Forest History" post on Peeling Back the Bark looks at Joe Beaver. Before there was a Smokey Bear or a Woodsy Owl, the Forest Service had another spokesanimal. Drawn by legendary cartoonist Ed Nofziger, who worked for the Forest Service during World War II, Joe Beaver was created to combine humor with a message of forest conservation. Read more on the blog. . .


Rachel Carson and "friends"

Dr. Robert K. Musil delivered the  2014 Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lectureship in Forest and Conservation History. His lecture, "Before and After Rachel Carson: Women and the Environmental Movement," examined contributions of women to some of the key environmental issues in American history. Dr. Musil's lecture is now available for online viewing on the FHS YouTube Channel.


FHS Research Portal

The new 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 new portal today.


Schenck Film Project Underway

Production of our new documentary film is underway! First in Forestry: Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School will be the first documentary film to examine the pivotal role that the Biltmore Estate's chief forester Carl Schenck and America's first school of forestry played in American conservation history. Please consider supporting the production of this documentary film with a donation.