Forest supervisor Colleen Madrid kicked off the festivities by acknowledging the national significance of the Weeks Act that President William Taft signed into law a century ago.
Amidst nature’s fall grandeur of red, orange and yellow, Madrid discussed the cultural, political and environmental dynamics of the United States leading to the significant 1911 legislation that eventually created 52 national forests on 20 million acres of land in the eastern United States.
“This is a special time for our residents, our visitors, our forests and those of us that work to manage our public lands,” said Madrid.
To mark this occasion, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin also signed a Weeks Act commendation to showcase the state’s support of the Forest Service.
Activities at the festival included a display of conservation exhibits, a visit from Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, the opportunity to taste locally-made apple cider, and enjoying the foliage from a chair lift ride.
The Green Mountain National Forest is one of the more heavily recreated national forests in the nation, serving between 3 to 4 million visitors per year. It is a major contributor to local economies and some of its popular recreation activities include fishing, horseback riding, snowmobiling, hiking, camping, and alpine and cross-country skiing.
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Special thanks to Sugarbush Resort & Sandy Macys for the Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl photo!
I love VT, it's my favorite state. My wife and I vacation there every year and love this time of year the best. We just returned from there last week (I guess we just missed the festival, I wish I knew it was going on) and did two hikes in the Green Mountains and one in a wildlife refuge just outside of Newfane. It is the only state in the us I would even consider moving to when we retire (in about 7-10 years unless the republicans crush the economy by then) otherwise we are heading to Canada!
Beautiful - I live in the ozarks so that is like home. I will look this up and come visit if it still exists.