This Month in Forest Service History - March

March is Women's History Month

March 1, 1911 - The Weeks Act signed into law

March 22 - World Water Day

 

hillside logged with stumps and some slash remainingThe Lands Nobody Wanted - Weeks Act March 1, 1911

The "lands nobody wanted" became "the land of many uses". The Weeks Act gave permisiion to the federal government to purchase private land in order to protect the headwaters of rivers and watersheds in the eastern United States and called for fire protection efforts through federal, state, and private cooperation. It has been one of the most successful pieces of conservation legislation in U.S. history. To date, nearly 20 million acres of forestland have been protected by the Weeks Act, land that provides habitat for hundreds of plants and animals, recreation space for millions of visitors, and economic opportunities for countless local communities

Hallie M. Daggett plays with her dog at Eddy Gulch Station.March is Women's History Month

"The struggle for women to get full recognition for their abilities has taken almost a hundred years to come to fruition..."  excerpt from: Women in the Forest Service: Early History, Gerald W. Williams, Ph.D.

Hallie M. Daggett, first woman hired as a lookout for the Forest Service (1913) takes a break to give her dog a well deserved treat. Hallie fell in love with the work and served as a fire lookout on the Klamath National Forest for 14 years.