Marci Spencer presents Nantahala National Forest: A History and Pisgah National Forest: A History

When George Vanderbilt constructed the Biltmore House, he hired forester Gifford Pinchot and, later, Dr. Carl A. Schenck to manage his forests. Over 80,000 of his woodland acres became the home of America's first forestry school and the heart of the East's first national forest formed under the Weeks Act. Now comprising more than 500,000 acres, Pisgah National Forest holds a vast history and breathtaking natural scenery. The forest sits in the heart of the southern Appalachians and includes Linville Gorge, Catawba Falls, Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River, Roan Mountain, Max Patch, Shining Rock Wilderness and Mount Pisgah. Author and naturalist Marci Spencer treks through the human, political and natural history that has formed Pisgah National Forest.

Created in 1920, the 500,000-acre Nantahala National Forest dominates the rugged southwestern corner of North Carolina. Rivers such as the Cheoah, Cullasaja, Chattooga, Nantahala and Tuckasegee carve deep gorges, making the region one of the wettest in the nation. The Whitewater River tumbles over the highest waterfall in the eastern United States. Power companies dammed local rivers, creating some of North Carolina's most scenic recreational mountain lakes. The high peaks, secluded coves and forested woodlands of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Panthertown Valley and Buck Creek Serpentine Pine Barrens and other areas hold cultural and natural history secrets. Author and naturalist Marci Spencer reveals the history and splendor of the Nantahala National Forest.

A retired nurse practitioner, Marci Spencer is the author of Clingmans Dome: Highest Mountain in the Great Smokies and Pisgah National Forest: A History, both published by The History Press. Her children's book, Potluck, Message Delivered: The Great Smoky Mountains Are Saved!, was published by Grateful Steps. The Yosemite Conservancy included Marci's essay "Pine Siskins Make History" in its book, The Wonder of It All: 100 Stories from the National Park Service, published to celebrate the centennial of the national park system.

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Event date: 
Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Nantahala National Forest: A History (Natural History) Cover Image
By Marci Spencer, George Ellison (Foreword by), James Lewis Phd (Commentaries by)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467136372
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press - August 14th, 2017

Pisgah National Forest: A History Cover Image
By Marci Spencer, James G. Lewis Phd (Foreword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781626196346
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press (SC) - October 21st, 2014