Peeling Back The Bark
New Digital Exhibit: Pioneer Trail Riders of the WildernessBy Eben Lehman on August 17, 2018
Recently FHS staff came across a scrapbook in our collection of American Forestry Association records. Its pages were filled with original photographs and documents from the American Forestry Association’s (AFA) first Trail Ride in July of 1933. The Trail …
Parachuting Into History: Smokejumpers Land In DC For First TimeBy James Lewis on June 28, 2017
On this date in 1949, four Forest Service smokejumpers made the first jump east of the Mississippi River and the first parachute jump ever made onto the Washington Ellipse, the oval park between the Washington Monument and the White House. …
Forgotten Characters: Spunky SquirrelBy James Lewis on January 20, 2012
Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark's series on “Forgotten Characters from …
January 19, 1812: John Aston Warder, Founder of the American Forestry Association, is BornBy Eben Lehman on January 19, 2010
Happy birthday to Dr. John Aston Warder, founder of the American Forestry Association, and influential figure in the development of American horticulture and forestry.
On this date in 1812, John Aston Warder was born near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The eldest son …
January 7, 1851: It's your day, Bernhard Fernow!By James Lewis on January 7, 2009
Happy birthday, Bernie! You helped bring forest management and forestry education to the United States and Canada, and we are forever grateful! Have an extra piece of cake on us!
Born in Prussia on January 7, …