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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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Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.
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