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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!


The Ecology of Erasure

Dr. Paul Sutter, associate professor of history at the University of Colorado, will deliver the  2015 Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lectureship in Forest and Conservation History on November 11th. His lecture, "The Ecology of Erasure: Soil Erosion, Landscape Conservation, and the Greening of the South," will examine the relationship between soil erosion and the creation of the Piedmont national forests that exist today.


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

America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck & the Asheville Experiment is the first, in-depth documentary film to examine the pivotal role the Biltmore Estate's chief forester Carl Schenck and America's first school of forestry played in American conservation history. Though the film is completed, we need funding for distribution! Please consider supporting this landmark documentary film with a donation.