Environment

Weeks Act
12:00 am
Thu March 31, 2011

White Mountains: To Log or Not to Log

Presidential Range-Dry River Wilderness entry sign, taken from the Dry River Trail near Lakes of the Clouds, looking over Oakes Gulf and into the Dry River Valley
(WMNF photo by Dave Neely)

NHPR is taking an in-depth look at the Weeks Act, the historic legislation that led to the creation of our eastern national forests.

The White Mountain National Forest, created in 1918, has been used for many different purposes including recreation, wildlife protection, and timber harvesting.

Managing all those different uses doesn’t come without controversy.

NHPR’s Amy Quinton looks at the role our forests play and what threats they may face in the future.

More than 26 million acres of eastern national forests owe their existence to the Weeks Act.

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Weeks Act
10:00 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Logging and the Weeks Act

At the turn of the 20th century, forests in the White Mountains were being clear cut and many were worried about the damage logging had done to the White’s.  The Weeks Act of 1911, helped protect these forests by the purchasing of land by the federal government.  Over time standards were set as to the amount loggers could log in the state.  Although they adapted, there have been challenges to the industry.  There has been the debate over logging in road less areas of the White Mountain National Forest as well as the change in industry in the North Country.

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Weeks Act
12:00 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Weeks Act Has Been Good for Business

scottfidd vis Flickr/Creative Commons

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’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

 

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Weeks Act
10:00 am
Mon March 28, 2011

The White Mountain National Forest: Land of Many Uses

deerhake. 11 via Flickr/Creative Commons

One hundred years ago this month, the Weeks Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Taft.  It was designed so that the federal government could purchase private land, especially forests in order to protect them.  It also helped create  the Eastern National Forests which included New  Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest.  One hundred years later, and as you enter the White’s you are greeted by a sign claiming that this is a “Land of Many Uses”.

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Weeks Act
12:00 am
Mon March 28, 2011

New Hampshire Groups Helped Pass Weeks Act; Law Created National Forests

If we could travel back in time 100 years, the landscape we’d see in Northern New Hampshire would be quite different from what it is today.

Many of the mountains that we know as covered with forests, would be stripped bare.

Some would be scarred from recent fires.

What changed much of that landscape was a piece of legislation called the Weeks Act.

The law gave the federal government the right to buy private land….and turn it into our eastern national forests.

That law turns 100 this month.

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Environment
10:51 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Urban Sprouts

A composite of the voices, poetry, and free-styles of young men who are residents in a youth detention facility located in the mountains south of San Francisco. The young men participate in a garden and nutrition education program with Urban Sprouts.

Environment
10:50 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Environmental Guilty Pleasures

Kellie Blauvelt and Devon Dennison

Some of us are well-meaning earth-lovers. We want to be model green citizens, but we don’t quite hit the mark all of the time. We’re not alone, as Devon Dennison and Kellie Blauvelt from Weekday High in Seattle, Washington, found out.

Environment
10:49 am
Thu March 24, 2011

A Little Flushed Up

Sara Zhang

Did you know that one in three people in the world does not have access to a toilet? That means environmental and health hazards that most of us wouldn't have thought of. Sara Zhang from Carmel High School's WHJE youth radio station in Carmel, Indiana, tells us more.

Environment
10:48 am
Thu March 24, 2011

From Cafeteria to Compost

Zoe Sheinkopf

We asked youth radio groups from Portland, Maine, to Seattle, Washington, to pick a product or a pastime and size up its green credentials. What they learned surprised us - like this piece from Zoe Sheinkopf from public radio station KUOW’s weekday high radio training program in Seattle, Washington. She followed the leftovers from a local university cafeteria to a distant compost heap to find out what becomes of all that waste, and to weigh the economic and environmental advantages of composting over just chucking garbage in the trash.

Environment
10:46 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Getting Real About Greenwashing

We're hearing from teens across the United States who are getting to the heart of what’s really good for the planet… and what just might look that way. Here’s one Maine high school student’s critical take on greenwashing, the corporate practice of making green claims about products and services that might or might not live up to their marketing.

Isaac Woodbury High is a reporter from Blunt Youth Radio in Portland, Maine, a youth radio program that hosts a weekly public affairs call-in show. Isaac took a look at Wal-Mart’s green initiatives and filed this story.

Environment
10:45 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Turf or Grass?

Eitan Stern-Robbins and Camara Langford

Eitan Stern-Robbins and Camara Langford from Terrascope Youth Radio at MIT put together a contest of sorts. Which is better for the environment: turf, or grass?

Environment
10:44 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Making Water a Universal Right

Dolna Smithback

A look at access to fresh water from youth producer Dolna Smithback from the Youth Media Project in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which celebrates youth voices and fosters youth-produced media. In 2009, Dolna traveled to the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia, to find out how other nations value water—and cope with its scarcity.

Environment
10:40 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Fresh Greens 2.0

In the second special from NHPR, Generation PRX and Terrascope Youth Radio at MIT, youth radio producers reflect on this question and seek out programs and efforts designed to have a positive impact on the environment.

Weeks Act
9:00 am
Tue March 1, 2011

The Weeks Act Turns 100

deekhake. 11 via Flickr/Creative Commons

This historic piece of legislation created the country’s eastern national forests and New Hampshire’s own White Mountain National Forest. We talk with a US Forest Service expert on how the act has influenced New Hampshire’s environment and why it has remained such an important part of the country's conservation landscape.

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Weeks Act
12:00 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Protecting the Appalachian Trail from Threats New and Old

Compass Points Media via Flickr/Creative Commons

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 Eastern United States. The act has been called one of the most successful pieces of conservation legislation in the nation’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.

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Weeks Act
12:00 am
Mon February 28, 2011

He Created the Weeks Act but Wasn't a Hardcore Conservationist

John Wingate Weeks
Courtesy of The Weeks Estate

Lancaster’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’t a hardcore environmentalist, according to a historian who is also his great granddaughter.

 “He, himself was a businessman. He did not claim to be a conservationist in the classic sense of the word, certainly not in our sense,” said Rebecca Weeks Sherrill More. “But I think it is important that as a good businessman he understood that conservation was good business”

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Weeks Act
12:00 am
Mon February 28, 2011

The Weeks Act Turns 100

The Weeks Act created the country’s eastern national forests and New Hampshire’s own White Mountain National Forest. In this ongoing series, NHPR looks at how the Weeks Act has affected the Granite State. 

Help us tell the story: share your connection to  New Hampshire's forests through the Public Insight Network

 

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Weeks Act
12:00 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Law That Gave Us White Mountain National Forest Turns 100

On March 1st, 100 years ago President William Howard Taft signed the Weeks Act into law.

The historic legislation led to the creation of our eastern national forests.

Much of the effort to pass the law began here in New Hampshire, as a reaction to widespread deforestation.

New Hampshire Public Radio’s Amy Quinton has this look back.

Some historians dub the Weeks Act one of the most important pieces of environmental legislation in the 20thcentury.

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New Hampshire's Great Bay
12:00 am
Thu August 19, 2010

Restoring Oysters Could Help Clean the Great Bay Estuary

Amy Quinton, NHPR

This week, NHPR’s Amy Quinton has been taking a look at some of the challenges facing the Great Bay estuary.

Earlier she reported on how pollution is killing the bay’s eelgrass, a source of food and habitat for wildlife.

But the Bay also has lost most of its oysters, which help filter the water.
Pollution, disease, and overharvesting have all played a part.

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New Hampshire's Great Bay
12:00 am
Thu August 19, 2010

Can We Fix the Great Bay Estuary?

Amy Quinton, NHPR

All this week, NHPR’s Amy Quinton has reported on some of the challenges facing the Great Bay.

Pollution is threatening the health of the estuary, but officials are discussing ways to prevent further deterioration.

In the last part of her series, environment reporter Amy Quinton takes a look at possible solutions.

 

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It’s quiet here on the Great Bay .

At mid-morning on this clear day, the water is almost as blue as the sky.

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New Hampshire's Great Bay
12:00 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Development Plays Key Role in Pollution of the Great Bay Estuary

Amy Quinton, NHPR

This week NHPR’s Amy Quinton has been taking an in-depth look at the New Hampshire’s Great Bay.

The estuary is one of the state’s natural treasures.

But it’s in trouble.

Yesterday, Amy told us about the role wastewater treatment plants have played in polluting the bay and how they now face tougher clean water standards.

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New Hampshire's Great Bay
12:00 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Sewage Treatment Plants Part of Pollution Problem in the Great Bay

Amy Quinton, NHPR

The Environmental Protection Agency has designated New Hampshire’s Great Bay as officially impaired.

That means the 14 New Hampshire wastewater treatment plants that discharge into the estuary face tougher clean water standards.

And that could cost ratepayers millions.

In the second part of her series on the challenges facing the Great Bay, NHPR’s environment reporter Amy Quinton reports.

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New Hampshire's Great Bay
12:00 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Great Bay Estuary Faces Pollution Threats

At 18 miles long, the New Hampshire coastline is the shortest in the country.

But if you include the Great Bay, the state’s meager coast grows by about 144 miles of tidal shoreline.

The rare inland estuary, where salt water meets fresh, spans more than 13,000 acres.

And nearly a quarter of the state’s population lives within its watershed.

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New Hampshire's Great Bay
12:00 am
Mon August 16, 2010

New Hampshire's Great Bay

Amy Quinton, NHPR

"A national treasure in our backyard"

It spans more than 13,000 acres. Nearly a quarter of the state’s population lives within its watershed. In a weeklong series, NHPR’s Environment Reporter Amy Quinton looks at the troubles pollution poses to the health of this critical estuary, and some proposed solutions for returning the Seacoast’s Great Bay to health.

Brought to you in part by: The Fuller Foundation

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Environment
10:55 am
Fri September 4, 2009

Van Jones and the Green Economy

Van Jones, the founder of Green For All, an organization that promotes green-collar jobs and opportunities for the disadvantages. He's also Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He talks with Manon Bonnet and Hichem Hadjeres about the green economy as well as making the environmental movement fashionable for more people - especially young people.

Environment
10:43 am
Sun March 29, 2009

The Cow Gas Effect

Liam Midgely and Manon Bonnet

Here’s something to chew on from vegetarian Manon Bonnet and vegan Liam Midgely from Terrascope Youth Radio in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Manon and Liam wanted to know if the choice they have made for themselves not to eat meat—or, in Liam’s case, even wear animal products—is also the better choice for a greener planet.

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