Weeks Act http://nhpr.org en White Mountains: To Log or Not to Log http://nhpr.org/post/white-mountains-log-or-not-log <div class="transcript"><p>NHPR is taking an in-depth look at the Weeks Act, the historic legislation that led to the creation of our eastern national forests.</p><p>The White Mountain National Forest, created in 1918, has been used for many different purposes including recreation, wildlife protection, and timber harvesting.</p><p jquery1322775311759="31">Managing all those different uses doesn&rsquo;t come without controversy.</p><p>NHPR&rsquo;s Amy Quinton looks at the role our forests play and what threats they may face in the future.</p> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Amy Quinton 738 at http://nhpr.org White Mountains: To Log or Not to Log Logging and the Weeks Act http://nhpr.org/post/logging-and-weeks-act <p jquery1322775118451="31">At the turn of the 20<sup><font size="2">th</font></sup> century, forests in the White Mountains were being clear cut and many were worried about the damage logging had done to the White&rsquo;s.&nbsp; The Weeks Act of 1911, helped protect these forests by the purchasing of land by the federal government.&nbsp; Over time standards were set as to the amount loggers could log in the state.&nbsp; Although they adapted, there have been challenges to the industry.&nbsp; There has been the debate over logging in road less areas of the White Mountain National Forest as wel Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 736 at http://nhpr.org Logging and the Weeks Act Weeks Act Has Been Good for Business http://nhpr.org/post/weeks-act-has-been-good-business <div class="transcript"><p>In commemoration of the centennial of the Weeks Act, NHPR is looking at the impact the federal legislation has had on the state and its largest forest. The Weeks Act gave the federal government the authority to buy private land to turn into the National Forest system. While the law is typically appreciated by conservationists, it was business interests that drove its passage. And one hundred years later, the law has had a large and positive economic impact on the North Country, providing jobs and improving the quality of life. NHPR&rsquo;s Chris Jensen reports.</p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Jensen 737 at http://nhpr.org Weeks Act Has Been Good for Business The White Mountain National Forest: Land of Many Uses http://nhpr.org/post/white-mountain-national-forest-land-many-uses <div class="transcript"><p>One hundred years ago this month, the Weeks Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Taft.&nbsp; It was designed so that the federal government could purchase private land, especially forests in order to protect them. &nbsp;It also helped create&nbsp; the Eastern National Forests which included New&nbsp; Hampshire&rsquo;s White Mountain National Forest.&nbsp; One hundred years later, and as you enter the White&rsquo;s you are greeted by a sign claiming that this is a &ldquo;Land of Many Uses&rdquo;. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 734 at http://nhpr.org The White Mountain National Forest: Land of Many Uses New Hampshire Groups Helped Pass Weeks Act; Law Created National Forests http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-groups-helped-pass-weeks-act-law-created-national-forests <div class="transcript"><p>If we could travel back in time 100 years, the landscape we&rsquo;d see in Northern New Hampshire would be quite different from what it is today.</p><p>Many of the mountains that we know as covered with forests, would be stripped bare.</p><p>Some would be scarred from recent fires.</p><p>What changed much of that landscape was a piece of legislation called the Weeks Act.</p><p>The law gave the federal government the right to buy private land&hellip;.and turn it into our eastern national forests.</p><p>That law turns 100 this month.</p> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Amy Quinton 735 at http://nhpr.org New Hampshire Groups Helped Pass Weeks Act; Law Created National Forests The Weeks Act Turns 100 http://nhpr.org/post/weeks-act-turns-100-0 <div class="transcript"><p>This historic piece of legislation created the country&rsquo;s eastern national forests and New Hampshire&rsquo;s own White Mountain National Forest. We talk with a US Forest Service expert on how the act has influenced New Hampshire&rsquo;s environment and why it has remained such an important part of the country&#39;s conservation landscape.</p><p><span><strong>Guest</strong></span></p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 731 at http://nhpr.org The Weeks Act Turns 100 Protecting the Appalachian Trail from Threats New and Old http://nhpr.org/post/protecting-appalachian-trail-threats-new-and-old <div class="transcript"><p>Today is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Weeks Act, which permitted the federal government to purchase private land, protecting forests and watersheds in the&nbsp;Eastern United States. The&nbsp;act has been called one of the most successful pieces of conservation legislation in the nation&rsquo;s history. It safeguards habitats for hundreds of species, and recreation space for millions, including miles of the Appalachian Trail. The trail meanders through twelve states and thousands of acres of federally conserved land. Tue, 01 Mar 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 733 at http://nhpr.org Protecting the Appalachian Trail from Threats New and Old Law That Gave Us White Mountain National Forest Turns 100 http://nhpr.org/post/law-gave-us-white-mountain-national-forest-turns-100 <div class="transcript"><p>On March 1st, 100 years ago President William Howard Taft signed the <a href="http://www.nhpr.org/special/weeksact"><u><font color="#0000ff">Weeks Act</font></u></a> into law.</p><p>The historic legislation led to the creation of our eastern national forests.</p><p>Much of the effort to pass the law began here in New Hampshire, as a reaction to widespread deforestation.</p><p>New Hampshire Public Radio&rsquo;s Amy Quinton has this look back.</p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Amy Quinton 729 at http://nhpr.org Law That Gave Us White Mountain National Forest Turns 100 He Created the Weeks Act but Wasn't a Hardcore Conservationist http://nhpr.org/post/he-created-weeks-act-wasnt-hardcore-conservationist <p jquery1322772962850="31">Lancaster&rsquo;s John Weeks, who was responsible for the Weeks Act of 1911 that gave the government the authority to create national forests, appreciated nature but wasn&rsquo;t a hardcore environmentalist, according to a historian who is also his great granddaughter.</p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Chris Jensen 730 at http://nhpr.org He Created the Weeks Act but Wasn't a Hardcore Conservationist