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Weeks Act Helped Create National Forests In North Carolina


Last updated 7/9/2020 at 10:42am

Early photo of the Pisgah National Forest - the first created by the Weeks Act of 1911.

One of the most important pieces of environmental legislation ever enacted by Congress was the passage of the Weeks Act on March 1, 1911. Named for its chief sponsor, Congressman John Weeks (R) of Massachusetts, it was to have a profound effect on North Carolina and other eastern States.

The US Forest Service had been established in 1905 and placed in charge of the millions of acres of forests that had been set aside from the public domain in the West; however, there was no legal means to purchase privately held forest land for public use and virtually all forest land east of the Mississip...

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