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America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment
September 8, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Americas First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment is a one-hour documentary. There will be two showings, at 12:00 noon and again at 6:30 pm. Following the film, Executive Producer James G. Lewis will be on hand to answer questions. The Pisgah National Forest was established in 1916. Today it covers over 500,000 acres, including 86,700 acres purchased from Edith Vanderbilt in 1914. That land had been part of George Vanderbilts 125,000 acre country estateBiltmore. In 1892 Vanderbilt hired Gifford Pinchot to manage his vast property. Three years later Carl Schenck replaced Pinchot and changed the direction of managing Vanderbilts forestland. He not only helped restore the land, he established the countrys first forestry school and helped launch the American conservation movement. The film, produced for the Forest History Society by Bonesteel Films, tells the story Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School.
These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Cookies and iced tea from Blue Ridge Bakery, also courtesy of the Friends will be available at the noon program.