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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

The White Mountain National Forest: Land of Many Uses

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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”. That means that multiple activities are allowed there: from logging to snowmobiling to hiking.  But at times, it’s been hard to satisfy everyone.  As part of NHPR’s focus on the centennial of the Weeks Act, we’ll look at this concept of “Land of Many Uses” and see how well it’s worked. 


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