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By Adam DeWitte

A Short History Of American Forestry


December 25, 2017

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Schenck, years after the closing of his school.

By Adam DeWitte

To dig into the history of what have become modern United States forestry practices is to reach back in time to an era of wealth, power, exploration and legacy. The very mention of the vast expanse of the Biltmore House in western North Carolina leaves the imagination filled with lavish parties, expensive tastes and "proper" etiquette. What most Americans have yet to discover is the extent to which this property is significantly tied to the birthplace of modern forestry practices in the United States.

By 1885, the prominent Vanderbilt family from New York had amasse...

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