Recognizing the Centennial of the Weeks Act

by Phoebe Backler, New Hampshire Field Coordinator

This year, we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Weeks Act. This landmark legislation enabled the federal government to purchase private land to protect the watersheds and headwaters of rivers in the eastern United States and to maintain navigable waterways.

Upper Ammoonoosuc River above Cordwell Campsite an NFCT, by Josh Carroll
The Upper Ammonoosuc River's watershed touches the White Mountain National Forest created in 1918 as a result of the Weeks Act.

A legacy of the Weeks Act, championed by John Wingate Weeks of Lancaster NH, is the protection of nearly 20 million acres of lands across the eastern US. It also offers proof that the preservation of natural habitat, outdoor recreation opportunity and economic vitality can and should be sought simultaneously.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s work is closely linked to this view of environmental protection. Our stewardship initiatives both protect wildlife habitat and provide paddlers access to magnificent waterways.

At the same time, we work with small business owners to help them establish their towns as premiere paddling destinations with the goal of preserving the economic health of the unique and rich hamlets of the Northern Forest. Our Itineraries and Vacation Packages are designed to spark the wander lust in YOU, the paddler and to draw you to these special places. So go ahead. Check them out and see where your imagination and paddle take you this paddling season!

Spread the word: If you follow a tip for a great lunch or soft bed from an NFCT itinerary, let business owners know! You can help us demonstrate the power of the Trail on your next excursion to the NFCT.


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