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 April 2017
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Emmy Nominated Film Available NOW!

Nominated for Best Historical Documentary at the 2016 Mid-South Emmy Awards, America's First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment tells the story of how Carl Schenck, a German forester, came to America in 1895 to manage the forests at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. 
  
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Forestry in the U.S. South: A History tells the story of the role industrial forestry played in restoring Southern forests in the 20th century. 

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F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow Announced
The Forest History Society is proud to announce that Zachery Brecheisen is the 2017-18 recipient of the F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellowship. Zach's project is entitled "Soil Macropore Regeneration: Land-use Histories and Their Legacies in the Physical Soil Systems of the Southern Piedmont." This is part of his dissertation project. Judges were impressed with how his research in agriculture and old field succession would contribute to both soil science and forest history.

The fellowship consists of an $10,000 stipend, distributed quarterly, to support the research of a Duke University graduate student whose research examines in some way forest and conservation history. The recipient is selected on the basis of merit; proposals are judged in terms of overall significance and quality of presentation. Many thanks to committee members for their time and effort in reviewing all the submissions.
Zach Brecheisen at work in the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory in South Carolina. (Photo by Dan Richter)
April Broadcasts Promote Earth Day
Coinciding with Earth Day, our documentary film America's First Forest is now airing on public television stations across the country during the month of April. The Emmy-winning film is distributed by American Public Television. As we learn dates and show times, we'll post them on the film's website on the Television page. If you want to determine your public television station, this website can help you do that. Be sure to check your local listings for showtimes, too! 
FHS Activities at ASEH Conference
In addition to exhibiting at the recent American Society of Environmental History (ASEH) conference, FHS also hosted a breakfast meeting for FHS members and others interested in forest historyFHS president Steve Anderson took the opportunity to share the latest news about the organization with the 30 attendees. He provided updates on the new building campaign and the successful distribution of the documentary America's First Forest via television and DVD. 
Chris Boyer and Steve Anderson

He also took the opportunity to present two FHS awards. Christopher Boyer, professor of history and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago, received the 2016 Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Book Award for Political Landscapes: Forests, Communities, and Conservation in Mexico

Erik Loomis accepted the Theodore C. Blegen Award, given for the best scholarly article in the field of forest and conservation history not published in the journal Environmental History. He won for his article, "When Loggers Were Green: Lumber, Labor, and Conservation, 1937-1948," published in Western Historical Quarterly. Loomis is an assistant professor of history at the University of Rhode Island, where he teaches labor and environmental history.
Erik Loomis and Steve Anderson

At a separate event, the Leopold-Hidy Award was given in recognition of superior scholarship in Environmental History, which FHS and ASEH copublish. The 2016 winner was Jakobina Arch for "Whale Meat in Early Postwar Japan: Natural Resources and Food Culture." The article appeared in the July 2016 issue.

Women in Forest & Environmental History
In the latest issue of the Environmental History journal the contributions of women scholars take center stage. Editor Lisa Brady explains that over several decades of publishing, the vast majority of journal contributors have been male, this gender imbalance continues today. Lisa goes on to say that it is a problem, "I believe we need to study and remedy, a goal shared by the Women's Environmental History Network, an organization created at the 2016 ASEH conference in Seattle."

Among the many women acknowledged in the April issue of the journal is FHS's very own Cheryl Oakes. Cheryl served as the FHS Librarian for 25 years, assisting students, researchers, and many others.

Researcher Focuses on Photographs
Ellen Handy, photographic historian and associate professor in the Art Department at the City College of New York, CUNY, paid the first of a projected series of visits to FHS. As part of a larger project, Handy has been visiting archives to explore photograph collections not previously well known to art historians. Her interests are in industrial documentation of the 1910 to the 1940s. The holdings of FHS proved a welcome revelation to her.

While visiting FHS, Handy examined the Red River Lumber Company Photos, the Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company photograph albums, the American Forest Products Industries collection, and advertising materials from the Weyerhaeuser Company. Archivist Eben Lehman directed her to the work of industry photographers like Kenneth S. Brown, the subject of a photo essay by staff historian Jamie Lewis in the 2010 issue of Forest History Today. As seen below, Brown took an artistic approach to photographing firefighting tools and workers' lodging, something Ellen had not seen before.
"The mattocks in this photograph are to the fire fighter what the rifle is to an infantry man. Implements like these in the hands of an experienced smoke chaser are most efficient in fire control work." Photograph by Kenneth S. Brown (FHS5920)

Love of Land, History, and Knowledge
What brings us together as supporters of the Forest History Society?

We come together as a community of people who believe that increasing public access to forest and conservation history is vital to informing responsible decisions that benefit current and future generations. 
Maintaining and sharing the Society's unique collections, publications, and collaborative learning opportunities requires technological resources and skilled staff. Each time you make a donation, you make it possible for us to answer inquiries from researchers worldwide.

FHS is at the heart of historical research, providing resources on topics from wood and paper products to wilderness and philosophy. We collect and preserve, and we also put our materials to work.

Each time you make a donation, you make it possible for us--and others--to use our materials in books, films, lectures, and curriculums from K-12 to PhD. 
We can't do this without you.

 For the love of land, history, and knowledge. 

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For some in the United States, April 15 is a day to dread because taxes are due. But for the U.S. Forest Service, it's a day to celebrate one of its most important leaders. On this day in 1920, William Greeley became the agency's third chief. At the time of his appointment, he was already embroiled in a fight over the future of American forestry and private forests... 

Before there was Earth Day, there was Arbor Day, the original environmental holiday that started it all. In honor of the national observance of Arbor Day, we would like to honor its founder, Julius Sterling Morton. 
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