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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!


America’s First Forest Nominated

America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck & the Asheville Experiment has been nominated for a Midsouth Regional Emmy® award in the Documentary/ Historical category! The film examines the pivotal role of the Biltmore Estate's chief forester Carl Schenck and America's first forestry school in the birth of the conservation movement. Learn more about the film, buy the DVD, or contact us about hosting a public screening.


FHS Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Watch video of the 70th Anniversary celebration at the Minnesota History Center! Includes guest speaker Char Miller on “Digitizing the Past, Preserving the Future: FHS @ 70.” Also check out Steve Anderson’s President’s Message, “Expanding the World’s Collective Wisdom,” from the latest issue of Forest History Today. Steve describes how FHS evolved over the years, and our exciting plans for the next 70 years and beyond.


New Forest History Today

The Spring/Fall 2016 issue of Forest History Today is here! Articles include discussion of the role of the lumber industry in influencing African American migration patterns; the work of American forester Benjamin Avery in Ontario; the role of women in forest conservation in Florida; the history of Timber REITs and TIMOs; the establishment of the Texas Forest Service; the life and work of Fujikazu Nakagawa; and much more.


FHS Research Portal

The 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 online portal today.