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This Land: A Guide to Eastern National Forests

Robert H. Mohlenbrock
Foreword by MIKE DOMBECK
Copyright Date: 2006
Edition: 1
Pages: 422
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/j.ctt1pp2zj
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    This Land
    Book Description:

    Part armchair travelogue, part guide book, this projected three-volume series-divided into the western, central, and eastern United States-will introduce readers to all 155 national forests across the country.This Landis the only comprehensive field guide that describes the natural features, wildernesses, scenic drives, campgrounds, and hiking trails of our national forests, many of which-while little known and sparsely visited-boast features as spectacular as those found in our national parks and monuments. Each entry includes logistical information about size and location, facilities, attractions, and associated wilderness areas. For about half of the forests, Robert H. Mohlenbrock has provided sidebars on the biological or geological highlights, drawn from the "This Land" column that he has written forNatural Historymagazine since 1984. Superbly illustrated with color photographs, botanical drawings, and maps, this book is loaded with information, clearly written, and easy to use. This volume covers national forests in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

    eISBN: 978-0-520-93055-1
    Subjects: Geology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  3. FOREWORD
    (pp. ix-xii)
    Mike Dombeck

    As the Civil War came to an end, the United States found itself positioned to become a leader among nations. A country of immigrants with a rich endowment of natural resources, America was already a land of opportunity, but the young nation lacked the cultural marks of achievement that characterized its Old World counterparts. Europe had great temples, cathedrals, and museums filled with artifacts. Asia had great dynasties that embodied its long and glorious past. Though short on history, America did have a powerful national spirit that was expressed especially well through its abundant and bountiful land, much of which...

  4. PREFACE
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  5. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. xv-xvi)

    During the rapid development of the United States after the American Revolution, and during most of the 1900s, many forests in the United States were logged, with the logging often followed by devastating fires; ranchers converted the prairies and the plains into vast pastures for livestock; sheep were allowed to venture onto heretofore undisturbed alpine areas; and great amounts of land were turned over in an attempt to find gold, silver, and other minerals.

    In 1875, the American Forestry Association was born. This organization was asked by Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz to try to change the concept that...

  6. NATIONAL FORESTS IN ALABAMA
    (pp. 1-18)

    Four national forests are within the boundaries of Alabama and together are in the three physiographic provinces of the state. The Conecuh is in the Coastal Plain Province of Alabama, the Tuskegee is in the Piedmont Province, and the Talladega and William B. Bankhead are in the Mountain Province. All four of the national forests are under the administration of one forest supervisor, whose office is at 2946 Chestnut Street, Montgomery, AL 36107. Alabama’s national forests are in Region 8 of the United States Forest Service.

    Size and Location: 83,898 acres along the southern border of Alabama, between Andalusia and...

  7. NATIONAL FORESTS IN FLORIDA
    (pp. 19-54)

    Three national forests in Florida have developed recreational facilities. The Ocala, the southernmost national forest in Florida, is the only national forest in the United States with an abundance of subtropical vegetation. The Apalachicola National Forest, in the Florida Panhandle, has several unusual botanical and geological areas. North of Lake City is the Osceola National Forest.

    A fourth national forest, the Choctawhatchee, was established in 1908 with headquarters at DeFuniak Springs and later in Pensacola. During World War II, its land was transferred to the War Department for military purposes. The original forest supervisor’s headquarters was at Camp Pinchot, which...

  8. NATIONAL FORESTS IN GEORGIA
    (pp. 55-70)

    Georgia has two national forests, both under the administration of a single forest supervisor. The supervisor’s headquarters for the Chattahoochee and Oconee national forests is at 1755 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville, GA 30501. These forests are in Region 8 of the United States Forest Service.

    Size and Location: Approximately 750,000 acres across northern Georgia, from Lafayette and Summerville on the west to the South Carolina border on the east. Major access routes are Interstate Highways 75 and 985; U.S. Highways 19, 23, 27, 76, 123, 129, and 441; and State Routes 17, 25, 52, 60, 105, 136, 151, 180, 184, 197,...

  9. NATIONAL FOREST IN ILLINOIS
    (pp. 71-95)

    The Shawnee is Illinois’s only national forest, beginning a short distance north of the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and extending east to west from river to river. The Shawnee National Forest is in Region 9 of the United States Forest Service.

    Size and Location: Approximately 270,000 acres across the southern end of Illinois, extending from the Mississippi River to the Ohio River. Major access routes are Interstate Highways 24 and 57; U.S. Highways 45 and 51; and State Routes 1, 3, 34, 127, 145, 146, and 151. District Ranger Stations: Jonesboro and Vienna. Forest Supervisor’s Office: 50...

  10. NATIONAL FOREST IN INDIANA
    (pp. 96-106)

    The Hoosier is Indiana’s only national forest, located in the central and south-central parts of the state. It is in Region 9 of the United States Forest Service.

    Size and Location: Approximately 200,000 acres in south-central Indiana, extending southward to the Ohio River. Major access routes are Interstate Highway 64; U.S. Highways 50 and 150; and State Routes 37, 46, 60, 62, 64, 66, 70, 135, 145, and 446. District Ranger Stations: Bedford and Tell City. Forest Supervisor’s Office: 811 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, IN 47421, www.fs.fed.us/r9/hoosier.

    Special Facilities: Boat ramps; swimming beaches; horseback trails; bicycle trails.

    Special Attractions: Hemlock Cliffs;...

  11. NATIONAL FOREST IN KENTUCKY
    (pp. 107-118)

    The Daniel Boone National Forest, the only national forest in Kentucky, is mostly in the Cumberland Plateau province of the eastern United States. It is in Region 8 of the United States Forest Service.

    Size and Location: 678,000 acres in eastern Kentucky about 50 miles southeast of Lexington. Major access roads are Interstate Highways 64 and 75; U.S. Highways 25, 27, 60, 421, and 460; and State Routes 15, 77, 80, 89, 90, 92, 192, 312, 317, 519, 587, 801, 1045, 1193, 1274, and 1955. District Ranger Stations: London, Morehead, Redbird, Somerset, Stanton, and Stearns. Forest Supervisor’s Office: 1700 Bypass...

  12. NATIONAL FORESTS IN MICHIGAN
    (pp. 119-160)

    Four national forests occur in Michigan. In the Upper Peninsula are the Ottawa on the western side and the Hiawatha on the eastern side. In the Lower Peninsula are the Huron and Manistee national forests. The Huron and Manistee national forests occupy the central part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, extending from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron. For many years, the Huron and Manistee were separate forests, but in order to streamline the forests’ administrative offices, they were combined under one administrative unit. The forest supervisor’s office of the Huron-Manistee National Forest is at 421 S. Mitchell Street, Cadillac,...

  13. NATIONAL FORESTS IN MISSISSIPPI
    (pp. 161-189)

    Six national forests are found throughout the length and width of Mississippi. All of them occupy lands that were heavily timbered in the past and converted into farmlands. As the farmlands wore out and became severely eroded, the federal government began purchasing this land to be included in the national forest system. All of the national forests of Mississippi are in Region 8 and are administered by one forest supervisor, whose office is at 100 W. Capitol Street, Suite 1141, Jackson, MS 39261.

    Size and Location: Approximately 86,000 acres in central Mississippi, between Jackson and Meridian. Major access routes are...

  14. NATIONAL FOREST IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MAINE
    (pp. 190-208)

    Most of the White Mountain National Forest is in New Hampshire, although a small part extends into western Maine. This national forest is in Region 9 of the United States Forest Service.

    Size and Location: Approximately 770,000 acres in east-central New Hampshire and adjacent western Maine. Major access roads are Interstate Highway 93; U.S. Highways 2, 3, and 302; New Hampshire State Routes 16, 25, 25C, 26, 49, 110, 112, 116; and Maine State Route 113. District Ranger Stations: Bethlehem, Conway, Gorham, and Plymouth. New Hampshire. Forest Supervisor’s Office: 719 Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246; www.fs.fed.us/r9/wmnf.

    Special Facilities: Boat ramps;...

  15. Plates
    (pp. None)
  16. NATIONAL FOREST IN NEW YORK
    (pp. 209-212)

    The Finger Lakes National Forest, the only national forest in New York, is the newest region to gain national forest status. It is administered by the forest supervisor of Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest. Finger Lakes National Forest is in Region 9 of the United States Forest Service.

    Size and Location: 16,032 acres in west-central New York, between Seneca Falls and Elmira. Major access roads are State Routes 79, 227, and 414 and County Road 1. District Ranger Station: 5218 State Highway 414, Hector, NY 14841. Forest Supervisor’s Office: 151 West Street, Rutland, VT 05701, www.fs.fed.us/r9/gmfl.

    Special Facilities: Horseback trails;...

  17. NATIONAL FORESTS IN NORTH CAROLINA
    (pp. 213-244)

    The national forests in North Carolina are the Croatan, Nantahala, Pisgah, and Uwharrie. The Croatan is in the Coastal Plain Province of the state, the Uwharrie is in the Piedmont Province, and the Nantahala and Pisgah are in the Mountain Province. All of the national forests are administered by one forest supervisor whose office is at 160A Zillicoa Street, Asheville, NC 28802. The national forests of North Carolina are in Region 8 of the United States Forest Service.

    Location and Size: Nearly 160,000 acres along the southeastern North Carolina coast, between New Bern and Morehead City. Major access routes are...

  18. NATIONAL FOREST IN OHIO
    (pp. 245-253)

    Ohio’s only national forest is the Wayne, located in the south-central and eastern parts of the state. For a short time it had been combined administratively with the Hoosier National Forest in Indiana. The Wayne National Forest is in Region 9 of the United States Forest Service.

    Size and Location: 176,000 acres in southeastern Ohio. Major access routes are Interstate Highway 77; U.S. Highways 50 and 52; and State Routes 7, 13, 26, 33, 78, 93, 140, 141, 145, 155, 216, 233, 260, 273, 278, 595, 685, and 800. District Ranger Stations: Marietta, Nelsonville, and Pedro. Forest Supervisor’s Office: 13700...

  19. NATIONAL FOREST IN PENNSYLVANIA
    (pp. 254-266)

    Located in northwestern Pennsylvania is the Allegheny National Forest, which extends north to the New York state line. It is in Region 9 of the United States Forest Service.

    Size and Location: Approximately 470,000 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania, extending from Bradford near the New York border south for nearly 50 miles. Major access routes are U.S. Highways 6, 62, and 219 and State Routes 59, 66, 127, 321, 346, 666, 770, 948, 949, and 3002. District Ranger Stations: Bradford and Marienville. Forest Supervisor’s Office: 222 Liberty Street, Warren, PA 16365, www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny.

    Special Facilities: Swimming beaches; boat ramps; all-terrain vehicle (ATV)/motorcycle...

  20. NATIONAL FOREST IN PUERTO RICO
    (pp. 267-280)

    The Caribbean National Forest is the only national forest managed by the United States Forest Service that is not in one of the 50 states. It is also the only national forest with a tropical rainforest. The Caribbean National Forest is in the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service.

    Size and Location: Approximately 28,000 acres in northeastern Puerto Rico, between San Juan and Fajardo. Major access routes are Highways 3, 31, 186, and 191. Forest Supervisor’s Office mailing address: HC-01, Box 13490, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico 00745, www.southernregion.fs.fed.us/caribbean.

    Special Facilities: El Portal; the Rainforest Visitor Center.

    Special Attractions: El...

  21. NATIONAL FORESTS IN SOUTH CAROLINA
    (pp. 281-297)

    South Carolina has two national forests that cover all three physiographic provinces of the state. The Francis Marion National Forest is in the Coastal Plain Province, and the Sumter has ranger districts in the Piedmont and Mountains provinces. Both forests are administered by a single forest supervisor whose office is at 4931 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210. They are in Region 8 of the United States Forest Service.

    Size and Location: Approximately 250,000 acres in southeastern South Carolina north of Charleston. Major access roads are U.S. Highways 17, 17A, and 701 and State Routes 41, 45, 48S, 133S, 171S,...

  22. NATIONAL FOREST IN TENNESSEE
    (pp. 298-306)

    The Cherokee, the only national forest in Tennessee, is located in the central and southeastern parts of the state. This national forest is in Region 8 of the United States Forest Service.

    Size and Location: Approximately 630,000 acres on either side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, between Chattanooga and Bristol, Tennessee. Major access roads are Interstate Highways 40 and 181; U.S. Highways 19E, 23, 25, 64, 70, 321, 411, and 421; and State Routes 30, 40, 67, 68, 70, 91, 107, 133, 143, 165, 315, and 395. District Ranger Stations: Benton, Greenville, Tellico Plains, and Unicoi. Forest Supervisor’s...

  23. NATIONAL FOREST IN VERMONT
    (pp. 307-314)

    Green Mountain National Forest, the only national forest in Vermont, occurs primarily in the central part of the state. It is in Region 9 of the United States Forest Service.

    Size and Location: Nearly 400,000 acres, from Bristol, Vermont, on the northern end, to the Massachusetts border on the southern end along the Green Mountain ridge. Major access routes are Interstate Highways 89 and 91; U.S. Highway 7; and State Routes 9, 11, 30, 73, 100, 116, 126, 140, 155, and 165. District Ranger Stations: Manchester Center, Middlebury, and Rochester. Forest Supervisor’s Office: 131 N. Main Street, Rutland, VT 05701,...

  24. NATIONAL FORESTS IN VIRGINIA
    (pp. 315-344)

    Virginia is home to two national forests. The George Washington National Forest is the more northern of the two, and a small part of it is in West Virginia. The Jefferson National Forest lies below the George Washington National Forest and extends south to the Tennessee and North Carolina borders. Both of Virginia’s national forests are in Region 8 of the United States Forest Service and are jointly administered by the Forest Supervisor’s Office at 5162 Valleypoint Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24109, www.southernregion.fs.fed.us/gwj.

    Size and Location: 1,055,000 acres in western Virginia, with a small part in extreme eastern West Virginia. Major...

  25. NATIONAL FOREST IN WEST VIRGINIA
    (pp. 345-361)

    The Monongahela, West Virginia’s only national forest, occupies much of the mountainous part of eastern West Virginia. It is in Region 9 of the United States Forest Service.

    Size and Location: Approximately 900,000 acres in the mountains of east-central West Virginia. Major access roads are Interstate Highway 64; U.S. Highways 33, 219, 220, and 250; and State Routes 1, 5, 14, 20, 22, 27, 28, 31, 39, 43, 49, 55, 60, 72, 84, 92, 150, and 600. District Ranger Stations: Bartow, Marlinton, Parsons, Petersburg, Richwood, and White Sulphur Springs. Forest Supervisor’s Office: 200 Sycamore Street, Elkins, WV 26241, www.fs.fed.us/r9/mnf.

    Special...

  26. NATIONAL FORESTS IN WISCONSIN
    (pp. 362-372)

    Wisconsin has two national forests, but in 1998, they were both managed as one administrative unit, with each maintaining its own headquarters. The national forests of Wisconsin are in the Eastern Region of the United States Forest Service. The Eastern Region Office is located at 626 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202.

    Size and Location: 861,150 acres in north-central Wisconsin, in the north woods country. Major access routes are U.S. Highways 2 and 63 and State Routes 13, 64, 70, 77, and 182. District Ranger Stations: Glidden, Hayward, Medford, and Park Falls. Forest Supervisor’s Office: 1170 Fourth Avenue, Park Falls,...

  27. ART CREDITS
    (pp. 373-374)
  28. INDEX OF PLANT NAMES
    (pp. 375-388)
  29. GENERAL INDEX
    (pp. 389-404)
  30. Back Matter
    (pp. 405-405)