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The Forest History Society (FHS) continually seeks opportunities to find new ways of sharing information about forest, conservation, and environmental history with members, colleagues, and the general public. Listed below are brief descriptions of our more recent accomplishments and upcoming newsworthy events:

Canadian Archives Project

FHS is currently working with the Network in Canadian History and the Environment/ Nouvelle initiative Canadienne en histoire de l' environnement (NiCHE) and the Canadian Forest Service to preserve and make accessible for research a greater quantity of Canadian historical material than ever before. We seek an entusiastic candidate to help with the project during the coming year. See Job Description.

Environmental History Journal Has New Website

The Forest History Society and its partner the American Society for Environmental History, would like to introduce the new and improved website for the journal located at: http://www.environmentalhistory.net/index.htm.

The new site offers more online access to award-winning essays, interviews, photos and classroom ideas than ever before.

In addition to a fresh look, the site includes a "New Scholarship" section that is provided by the FHS Library staff. It serves as a quarterly update on

Taking advantage of Web 2.0 tools, the New Scholarship section allows for searching, forwarding, and commenting so let us know what you think.

FHS News on Twitter

To reach an audience that is increasingly on the move, FHS has begun to offer tweets about new collections, events, etc. via Twitter.

Major Update to FHS Image Database

The Forest History Society and the Eastern Region (Region 9) of the U.S. Forest Service are excited to announce the culmination of a collaborative project to digitize, catalog, and make available online a rich assortment of more than 13,000 Forest Service photographs the largest number of searchable historic Forest Service images on the Web.

The Eastern Region Historical Photograph Collection has been incorporated into the Forest History Society's existing online image database, bringing its total number of searchable images up to more than 18,000.

The Eastern Region images date from the 1880s through the 1970s and document land and resource management activities in the National Forests, primarily in the Midwestern and Northeastern states. Subjects include fire prevention, detection, and suppression; outdoor recreation; timber management; reforestation; wildlife and nature scenes; Forest Service facilities; and programs of both the Job Corps and the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Search the updated FHS Image Database

Browse sample Photo Galleries

Journals of First Supervisor of Alaska National Forests

The Forest History Society has received four bound volumes containing journal entries, letter copies, and business transactions recorded by William Alexander Langille from 1903 to 1907. Langille worked throughout Alaska for the Bureau of Forestry and its successor, the U.S. Forest Service, and was the first supervisor of the Tongass and Chugach national forests. You can view more information about Langille as well as sample pages from his journal.

View Historic Film Footage on the FHS YouTube Channel

FHS continues to add historic film footage to its YouTube Channel. Enjoy Public Service Announcements, logrolling competition, and smokejumpers in action.


Updated: September 20, 2010