Peeling Back The Bark

  • Historian Char Miller Ruminates on SAF Birthday

    By Guest Contributor on November 30, 2008

    What do you give a professional organization on its 108th birthday? Warm wishes, I suppose. But in the case of the Society of American Foresters, formally founded on November 30, 1900, in the cramped office of its first president, Gifford Pinchot, it seems appropriate to offer up something a bit more meaningful than an air-kiss…

  • November 30, 1900: Society of American Foresters Founded

    By Amanda Ross on November 30, 2008

    On this day in history, leading conservationist Gifford Pinchot and six other foresters founded the Society of American Foresters in Washington, D.C.  In its 108-year history, the Society has grown to become the largest professional organization for foresters in the world. Currently representing more than 15,000 forestry professionals and students working in private industry, educational…

  • November 26, 1908: The Biltmore Forest Fair

    By Eben Lehman on November 26, 2008

    One hundred years ago today, Dr. Carl Schenck, resident forester at George W. Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate and founder of the Biltmore Forest School, opened a three-day forestry fair on the Biltmore grounds.  At a time when forestry work in America was still very much in its infancy, this unique fair was designed by Schenck to…

  • Hot off the Press: Forest History Today fire issue

    By James Lewis on November 20, 2008

    With the forest fires still burning in southern California and some suggesting that fire season there is now a year-round event, the publication of the Fall 2008 issue of Forest History Today is rather timely, to say the least. The Forest History Society is proud to present in this special issue the papers delivered at…

  • The 10th and 20th Forestry Engineers of WWI

    By Eben Lehman on November 11, 2008

    Ninety years ago today, on November 11, 1918, at 11:00 am Paris time, an armistice treaty was signed between the Allies and Germany, officially ending WWI on the Western Front and marking victory for the Allied forces. To further mark the historical significance of November 11th, we would like to announce the launch of a…

  • National Parks Offer Veterans Places of Refuge and Rehabilitation

    By Amanda Ross on November 11, 2008

    Since 1919, Americans have honored their servicemen and women on November 11.  Originally established as Armistice Day, President Woodrow Wilson declared a day of remembrance on the anniversary of the cessation of hostilities between the Allies and Germany. In so doing, Wilson exalted the “heroism of those who died in the country’s service” in World…

  • [Reminder] The Next Environmentalism: After the 2008 Election

    By Amanda Ross on November 7, 2008

    With votes cast, ballots counted, and winners announced, what does the 2008 election portend for the environmental movement?  Please join us as historian Robert Gottlieb discusses “The Next Environmentalism” in a public lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Duke University. The Next Environmentalism: After the 2008 Election Dr. Robert Gottlieb November 11th at 4:30 p.m….

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