This Month in Forest Service History - April

(and a few other historic events...)

National Gardening Month

April 5, 1887 - "In Tuscumbia, Alabama, Anne Sullivan achieved a breakthrough as her blind and deaf pupil, Helen Keller, Helen Keller learned the meaning of the word "water" as spelled out in the Manual Alphabet" Denver Post, "This Day In History"

April 14 - National Environmental Education Week

April 15, 1920 - William B. Greeley named Chief of the Forest Service

April 15, 1912 - the "unsinkable" USS Titanic Sinks

April 22, 1832 - Birthday of J. Sterling Morton, Father of Arbor Day “Other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future.” -- J. Sterling Morton

April 22 - Earth Day

April 29 - Arbor Day

William B. Greeley, named Chief of the Forest Service, April 15, 1920

"The national forests are no longer primeval solitudes remote from the economic life of developing regions, or barely touched by the skirmish line of settlement. To a very large degree the wilderness has been pressed back. Farms have multiplied, roads have been built, frontier hamlets have grown into villages and towns, industries have found foothold and expanded. Although the forests are still in an early stage of economic development, their resources are important factors in present prosperity.

 There is probably no large area of forest land in the world on which the use and conservation of multiple resources have been so thoroughly studied or so completely developed in practice as on the national forests of the United States....Nothing better illustrates the democracy of the American forest policy or the decentralization in administering national forests than the conscientious effort of the Forest Service to weight the importance of different uses on each unit and to give every use its merited place in a bewildering regimen of administrative detail." William B. Greeley

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