State's 'economic engine' started with a North Country land deal
Retired White Mountain National Forest officer David Govatski looks on while Catherine Amidon, director of the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University, points to a national forest location on a map. The museum celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the first land purchase for the forests on Thursday. (DAN SEUFERT)
"We're commemorating the first acquisition for what became the White Mountain National Forest, one of New Hampshire's jewels," Govatski said.
Wilson formally established the White Mountain National Forest in 1918, after the Weeks Act was approved by Congress. Now, the forest is nearly 800,000 acres and each year attracts several million visitors who hike, camp, climb and ski.
The museum is circulating a petition, Amidon said, to place a state historic marker at the edge of the first land purchase in Benton.
"The national forest is not about any one of us, it's about all of us. It's something we all enjoy," she said.
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