The White Mountain National Forest: Land of Many Uses

Mar 28, 2011

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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