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The new film, America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck & The Asheville Experiment, documents Carl Schneck’s time at Biltmore Forest and the founding of America’s first school of forestry.

The movie, which is set in early 1900s North Carolina, tells the story of how Carl Schenck came to America, began managing the forests at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville and later turned his fellow workers into his students.

Because of Carl Schenck’s contributions to modern-day forestry, and given that he’s the namesake of the College of Natural Resources’ very own Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest, we’ll be hosting a special viewing of the movie for students, faculty and staff.

Join us on November 16th from 6:30-8:30 in the Hunt Library Auditorium for a presentation of this film, followed by a panel discussion with experts in the field of forest management and natural resource conservation.

Panelists Include:
  • Dr. Larry Nielsen, event moderator, Professor of Natural Resources, NC State
  • Dr. Bob Kellison, Professor Emeritus of Forestry, NC State
  • Mr. Sam Cook, Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation, Director of Forestry
  • Dr. Caitlin Burke, Conservation Trust for North Carolina, Special Projects and Grants Coordinator
  • Dr. James Lewis, Forest History Society, Historian and Executive Producer of America’s First Forest