Exhibit explores relationship between people and the land
GORHAM, NH: The White Mountain National Forest, Androscoggin Ranger District is hosting a special exhibition this summer that delves into the history of the Northern Forest of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and New York. Exhibits from the Northern Forest Center’s mobile forest heritage museum, Ways of the Woods: People and the Land in the Northern Forest, are already on display and open to the public at the Androscoggin district visitors’ center.
“Visitors really enjoyed the exhibit over the winter, so we’re delighted to make it available during our busy summer months,” said Katie Stuart, Androscoggin District Ranger. “We hope that people will take this opportunity to not only view the exhibits, but take the time to learn more about the White Mountain National Forest.”
The exhibits include educational kiosks, artifacts and children’s activities that help people explore the ever-changing relationships between people and land across the Northern Forest of northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. The exhibit is organized on the themes of industry, adventure, conservation and recreation and includes artifacts ranging from original Oval Wood dishes to the spiked boots of a logger.
Several of the exhibits are tailored for hands-on fun that will entertain and inform school-age children and anyone with an inquisitive outlook. The exhibits will be on display through April at the visitor center, 300 Glen Road, Gorham, which is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.
More than 130,000 people toured the exhibit during a four-year tour of fairs and festivals across the Northern Forest. Now the Northern Forest Center—a non-profit organization that serves the 30-million-acre, 4-state region—is partnering with colleges, museums and other organizations that will use Ways of the Woods as an anchor for their own programming and educational activities.
“The White Mountain National Forest draws millions of visitors every year,” said Mike Wilson, senior program director for the Northern Forest Center. “The exhibit helps visitors understand how closely the local communities are tied to the forest, and local people will be able to explore how much they share with other communities across the Northern Forest.”
The Northern Forest Center helps create economic opportunity and community vitality from healthy working forests in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. More information about the Northern Forest Center’s programs is online at www.northernforest.org.
Within a day’s drive of 70 million people, the 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest lies within northern New Hampshire and western Maine. Rugged mountain peaks (including Mt. Washington), fragile alpine zones, spectacular fall foliage, clear mountain lakes and streams, and a multifaceted heritage characterize the Forest. This dramatic landscape, with its 1200 miles of hiking trails, scenic driving tours, and opportunities to view wildlife, camp, ski, snowmobile, and bike, has made the White Mountains a destination for people seeking a variety of recreation experiences for generations.
Information about the White Mountain National Forest can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/whitemountain
Mike Wilson, Northern Forest Center Senior Program Director,
Colleen Mainville, Public Affairs Specialist, White Mountain National Forest: