The Consultant - 2016 - (Page 48)

TRAVEL The Cradle of FORESTRY A walk through 100 years of forest conservation history ALICE REID t the turn of the 20th century, untold acres of forests blanketed much of America, but fewer than a handful of foresters had been trained to cultivate, conserve or even capitalize on them. That changed in a far corner of western North Carolina. There in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains, two tree enthusiasts-one a middle class German forester named Carl Alwin Schenck, the other a Vanderbilt and one of this country's wealthiest men-joined forces to reclaim a vast woodland. Known as the Pisgah Forest, much of it had been decimated by farming and thoughtless clearing. Not only did they save the forest; they established the nation's first school of forestry, the Biltmore Forest School, which trained 300 American foresters in the span of 15 years. However short its life-span-the school lasted from 1898 until 1913-its PHOTO COURTESY OF ARLON AND NANCY HARRIS. 48 impact is felt even today, mostly because of Schenck, who brought to the new world his German training in the discipline of "sustainable" forestry, i.e., managing forests so they could continuously produce the fuel and lumber that Europe had depended on for centuries. In 1895 George W. Vanderbilt hired Schenck to be his chief forester. Three years later, with Vanderbilt's encouragement and investment, Schenck founded the school and became its head and chief instructor. Today the Pisgah Forest is federal land, and it is also home to the "Cradle of Forestry," an extensive exhibit devoted to forest conservation and a memorial to that first school of forestry. It's worth a visit. From Asheville, head south toward Brevard, through the Pisgah forest along highway 276. Signs point to the "Cradle of Forestry" around nearly every hairpin curve, so it's easy to find. Beyond the parking lot is a sleek, modern building full of exhibits on forest wildlife, ecology, firefighting and native trees. Out Above. Historic photo of students at the Black Forest Lodge. Left. A current view of the Black Forest Lodge. THE CONSULTANT 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Consultant - 2016

From the Executive Director: The Elephant in the Room
From the President ACF – We Join You
Member Profile: Keville Larson, Renaissance Forester
The Value of a Consulting Forester
Fracking and the Landowner
Two Weeks at the Gates of Hell
If It Walks Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck…
Proposed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Regulations from the FAA
Cross-Border Trade Disputes Heat Up
Will Small Firms Have to Specialize to Survive?
The Cradle of Forestry
Products & Services Buyers’ Guide
Index of Advertisers
A Call to Order

The Consultant - 2016