Forest History Society has prepared a new website for the Weeks Act.

“To help celebrate the centennial of the Weeks Act in 2011, the Forest History Society has prepared a new website. Passed in 1911, the Weeks Act authorized the federal government to purchase lands in the eastern United States for stream-flow protection, and allowed for those lands to be managed as national forests by the U.S. Forest Service. The law also called for public-private cooperation for fire fighting around the country. Though subsequent laws expanded the power and reach of the act to western forests, for all intents and purposes the Weeks Act is the “organic act” of the eastern national forests. The website makes use of the extensive holdings of the Forest History Society, and may be found in our U.S. Forest Service History web pages at. You will find a flyer attached with more information. Please feel free to post it or forward it to interested parties.” – Cheryl Oakes

The Forest History Society’s Weeks Act Webpage

U.S. Forest Service History Flyer

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