America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment
The Emmy Award–winning film 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, North Carolina. He not only helped restore the land there, he established the country’s first forestry school and helped launch the American conservation movement. Included on the DVD are the 55-minute broadcast version of America’s First Forest AND the 28-minute film, First in Forestry: Carl Alwin Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School, an adapted version of America’s First Forest that focuses on Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School. The DVD retails for $24.95; libraries may purchase it for $50; and the public screening kit is $150. Don’t forget to check out Carl Schenck’s memoir Cradle of Forestry in America: Biltmore Forest School, 1898-1913!
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