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The Forest History Society is a nonprofit library and archive dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating forest and conservation history for all to use. The Society links the past to the future while reminding us about our important forest heritage.

As part of our mission, FHS is continually seeking innovative ways of enhancing its programs in research, publication, and education, and new methods for promoting the study of environmental history. Towards that end, you'll now find us on Facebook and Twitter and blogging at Peeling Back the Bark. We invite you to take a tour of FHS, and then explore the website and discover your forest heritage!


FHS Celebrates 70th Anniversary

President Steve Anderson reflects on how and why the Forest History Society was created 70 years ago. His President’s Message, "Seventy Years Young," describes how the nature of our work has expanded over the decades while remaining true to our founders’ original vision and values, and highlights examples of how long-time donors and leaders support and drive our mission in the past, present, and future.


Download American Forests

In American Forests: A History of Resiliency and Recovery, Douglas W. MacCleery traces the history of American forests from before European settlement to today. This newly revised and updated version examines how Americans’ uses of forests continue to affect woodland conditions. Part of the FHS Issues Series, the full American Forests book is now also available as a free download!


FHS Research Portal

The new FHS Research Portal allows users to pull together a list of books, articles, photographs, dissertations, materials from the U.S. Forest Service history collection, oral histories, and descriptions of archival collections at FHS and elsewhere all into a single results page, helpfully divided into categories. Search results can be easily saved, emailed, and printed. Begin your research using the new portal today.


See America’s First Forest

It’s almost here! Find out if America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck & the Asheville Experiment is coming to a public television station near you in April! This documentary film examines the pivotal role of the Biltmore Estate's chief forester Carl Schenck and America's first school of forestry. To learn more about the film—including how to buy it on DVD—visit the film’s website. Or contact us about hosting a public screening.