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  • The 27th Triennial FHS Film Festival

    By James Lewis on April 1, 2016

    For your consideration! The Oscar race for 2017 is already heating up. Check out some early contenders at this year’s FHS Film Festival! As usual the films will be shown in the Gifford Pinchot Multimedia Theater at Peeling Back the Bark World Headquarters. What will be this year’s prize-winning film? Be sure to take our…

  • 2015 Peeling Back the Bark Holiday Gift Guide

    By James Lewis on December 11, 2015

    The holiday season is fully upon us, and we here at Peeling Back the Bark want to make sure your gift-giving needs are covered. Below we feature a few items suitable for all the hard-to-please forest history fans on your holiday gift list. Books are always a great option, and we would be amiss if…

  • Schenck Documentary Now In Production!

    By James Lewis on August 14, 2014

    What began as a millionaire’s dream, a genius’s vision, and a forester’s labor is now being captured in a Forest History Society documentary film. This spring the Forest History Society joined forces with Bonesteel Films to produce First in Forestry, a documentary film about Carl Alwin Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School. Principal photography for the interviews and…

  • Dash for the ‘Stache Recap

    By James Lewis on June 13, 2013

    A flash of light woke me around 3 am. I thought someone had flicked a light in the bedroom and left the water running in the bathroom. But then I remembered. I was in a tent. The running water was from the nearby stream, the flash was lightning. In that foggy no-man’s land where my…

  • 34th Biennial Forest History Film Festival

    By James Lewis on April 1, 2013

    This evening at 7 p.m. begins the 34th biennial Forest History Film Festival, brought to you by Axe Pine-scented Body Spray: “When you spend the day sitting in an office but want to be outdoors, why not smell like the outdoors?” Axe Pine-scented Body Spray is the official pine-scented body spray of the Forest History…

  • Fundraising for Carl Schenck Film Project Now Underway

    By James Lewis on March 28, 2013

    The Forest History Society is excited to announce that we’re developing a new documentary film. 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….

  • Forest History Film Festival Starts Today

    By James Lewis on April 1, 2011

    We are proud to announce the first annual Forest History Film Festival. With the approach of spring, the trees here at Peeling Back the Bark World Headquarters are in full bloom. So we thought it a perfect time to hold a film festival so we can hide from the rising pollen counts. Below are this…

  • Coming to a Mailbox Near You: Forest History Today

    By James Lewis on March 14, 2011

    If you’re a member of the Forest History Society, the latest issue of Forest History Today will be hitting your mailbox this week. If you join now, you can still get this highly sought-after, limited print edition of the magazine. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait awhile to read it online. After all, membership has its…

  • Helping Preserve Canada’s Forest History

    By James Lewis on February 10, 2011

    Last week I traveled to Alliston, Ontario, to meet with the Forest History Society of Ontario and to address the Ontario Forestry Association at their 62nd annual meeting. I went in part to present the FHS Fellow Award to both Dr. Ken Armson and Dr. Yvan Hardy. The Fellow Award is the Society’s highest honor,…

  • The 12 Days of Christmas, FHS style

    By James Lewis on December 22, 2010

    Here at PBBWHQ (Peeling Back the Bark World Headquarters), we’re perfectly giddy with the holiday spirit. The lights are up, the tree is lit, and Alvin J. Huss is watching over us. We’re so caught up in the season that we thought we’d share our version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” with you. (Some…

  • Newly revised edition of "America’s Fires" now available

    By James Lewis on May 17, 2010

    My Google news home page has a “Forest Service” section, which captures any article that has that phrase in it. Usually the article is about the U.S. Forest Service but it will also grab items about state or other national forest services too. Consequently, nearly every day there is a news item about fire somewhere…

  • New issue of Forest History Today makes history

    By James Lewis on April 29, 2010

    The latest issue of Forest History Today is now available online!  Feature articles include two pieces on the Bitterroot National Forest controversy in the 1960s, one by Fred Swanson on G.M. Brandborg, who started the controversy, and another by Lou Romero, who worked there at the time; a look at the first half-century of the…

  • New FHS Social Media Ad Campaign (poll)

    By James Lewis on August 31, 2009

    Help us choose the brand new ad that will appear in an upcoming issue of Forest History Today magazine promoting the Forest History Society’s new social media tools.  Take a look at the ads below (click on any of the ads to enlarge them) and select your favorite in the poll at the bottom of…

  • Best Archives on the Web, 2009

    By Amanda T. Ross on April 29, 2009

    In recent weeks, Durham, North Carolina, has been flooded with generous sunlight and summer-like highs.  These soaring temperatures are no match for our burgeoning pride, however, as Peeling Back the Bark has earned some virtual hardware. We are pleased to report that ArchivesNext has announced the selections for the Best Archives on the Web awards…

  • FHS in the News!

    By James Lewis on December 11, 2008

    The Forest History Society has appeared twice in the news recently! Staff historian Jamie Lewis was interviewed for a story about the drop in the number of visitors to national forests on an annual basis written by Associated Press reporter Jeff Barnard. “National Forest visitors down, no one knows why” appeared in newspapers around the…

  • 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…

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

    By Amanda T. 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….

  • The Next Environmentalism: After the 2008 Election

    By Amanda T. Ross on October 15, 2008

    The American environmental movement has periodically experienced shifts in focus and organizational priorities following key elections. Notable transformative junctures include the 1970 and 1972 congressional elections; the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan, which sent ripple effects throughout the environmental movement; and the 2000 election of George W. Bush, which arguably witnessed the most significant shift…

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