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America's First Forest

leah kirk

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An Emmy Award-winning film titled America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment tells the story of how Carl Schenck, a German forester, came to America in 1895 to manage the forests at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. In addition to restoring land, he established the country’s first forestry school and helped launch the American conservation movement.  

The film was produced by the Forest History Society (FHS) and Bonesteel Films, with support from the Forest Service, the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association, and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. It was based on Schenck's memoirs, which are housed at the FHS Archives and edited into the book Cradle of Forestry in America: The Biltmore Forest School, 1898-1913.