Spare That Tree

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
Trip End Dec 25, 1998

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Friday, October 2, 1998

Go with me? We're headed for the Pisgah National Forest, and a festival that celebrates the 100th Anniversary of a very important event. Everybody from Smokey the Bear to Johnny Heath, Champion Archer, will be there, traipsing the trails with us at the Cradle.

The Cradle of Forestry is a magnificently historic site, for it is the birthplace of forestry in America. The Biltmore Forest School was opened there in 1898, headed by Dr Carl Schenck, a German forester. Brought here to manage George Vanderbilt's vast forest properties, he taught at the Biltmore Estate in the wintertime. In summers, however, students and teacher studied among the trees.

Of course, many universities have forestry programs today, and students from four of them will be showing off their lumberjack style during the Woodsmen's Meet Saturday. I don't know how Paul Bunyan would fare against them in their Quiz Bowl on dendrology, but I'm sure he'd hold his own in the axe-throwing competition!

Would you like to try your hand at the crosscut saw? Walk the trails at the Cradle and you can. Craftspeople are scattered along the trails too - watch weavers, spinners, quilters, and woodcarvers show their craft. Eat hot dogs and ice cream and a variety of foods; listen to dulcimered Appalachian mountain music on the entertainment stage.

Meet live animals and learn about their roles in the forest community. Catch Ranger A B's Live Animal Show at 11 and 1:30 in the old schoolhouse. And of course, don't forget to shake hands with the greatest forester of them all, Smokey the Bear. See you there.

Forest Festival Day, Brevard, North Carolina
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