North Carolina Museum of History

New Documentary Explores Carl Schenck’s Pivotal Role in Saving America’s Forests

The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will present a free screening of "America's First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment," the first in-depth documentary film about legendary forester and educator Carl Schenck. The film, which debuted on national public television in April, tells the story of the German forester who managed over 100,000 acres of woodlands at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville and established the first forestry school in the United States. He helped launch the American conservation movement.

Join us for the screening of "America's First Forest" on Friday, June 17, at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A session. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to talk with local forestry education and outreach groups. After the film, the panel discussion will feature James G. Lewis, executive producer of "America's First Forest," historian, and editor of Forest History Today; Brian Haines, public information officer of N.C. Forest Service; and Joann Meyer-Cox, CF/CFA and owner of Meyer-Cox Forestry Consultants, LLC. Science comedian Brian Mallow will serve as moderator.
Discover Schenck's amazing story and his pivotal role in our nation's history. In the late 1800s, he helped stop the Industrial Revolution from destroying the nation's forests. At this critical time in America, Schenck introduced innovative techniques to manage the woodlands around the newly constructed Biltmore Estate. By restoring the forest using the "new" science of forestry, he employed experiments that provided a blueprint for how to save the nation's forests.

Schenck founded the country's first forestry school, which helped Pisgah National Forest become the first national forest established from private land. The educator, forester, lumberman and forest conservation advocate is also known for his memoir Cradle of Forestry in America.
The June 17 program at the N.C. Museum of History is presented in partnership with the N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs.

For information about the N.C. Museum of History, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, call 919-807-7900 or access or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or YouTube.

About the N.C. Museum of History
The N.C. Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum collects and preserves artifacts of North Carolina history and educates the public on the history of the state and the nation through exhibits and educational programs. Each year more than 300,000 people visit the museum to see some of the 150,000 artifacts in the museum collection. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

About the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more details, please call 919-807-7300 or visit

About the N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs
The environmental education section of the N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality was established to increase environmental literacy and natural resource stewardship in North Carolina by encouraging, promoting and supporting environmental education programs, facilities and resources throughout the state. For more information, please call 919-707-8125 or visit


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