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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!


From Our Award-Winning Blog

Our latest "Forgotten Characters from Forest History" post on Peeling Back the Bark looks at Tim Burr. Making his debut in the inaugural issue of Weyerhaeuser Magazine, Tim Burr served to promote workplace safety in a humorous way. The Tim Burr comic strip usually ended with absent-minded Tim either in the infirmary or covered in bandages. Read more about Tim Burr and artist Jack Keeler on the blog.


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.


Schenck Film Project Underway

Production of our new documentary film is underway! First in Forestry: Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School will be the first documentary film to examine the pivotal role that the Biltmore Estate's chief forester Carl Schenck and America's first school of forestry played in American conservation history. Please consider supporting the production of this exciting documentary film with a donation.