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Mission of the Forest History Society

The mission of the Forest History Society is to improve natural resource management and human welfare by bringing a historical context to environmental decision-making.

To achieve its mission the Society will:

(1) Preserve forest and conservation history for present and future generations.

(2) Encourage scholarship in forest and conservation history.

(3) Conduct a comprehensive applied history program that brings the lessons of forest history to bear on the most pressing issues in natural resource management and contributes to identifying viable solutions to them.

(4) Develop a financial base that will generate adequate support to carry out the mission.



The Values We Believe In

  • The continuity and interconnectedness of forests and human events and that knowledge of the past provides insights to guide the future.
  • Bringing the lessons of forest history to bear on the complex social, ecological, economic and political forest policy issues of today.
  • Preservation of records of historical significance, and maintaining their quality and integrity to serve present and future generations.
  • Scholarship and the importance of applying intellectual skills to advance excellence in the study, analysis, and interpretation of forest and conservation history.
  • Sharing information and knowledge among all interested in forests and conservation, and contributing to a public enlightenment about the values that the forests have had for mankind.
  • Partnerships and the ensuing synergy among those who wish to support, preserve, study, and apply our heritage of forests and conservation; and our responsibility to contribute to an international network of interested citizens