The Forest History Society links the past to the future by identifying, collecting, preserving, interpreting, and disseminating information on the history of interactions between people, forests, and their related resources - timber, water, soil, forage, fish and wildlife, recreation, and scenic or spiritual values. The focus is from a North American perspective within a global context. Established in 1946 and incorporated as a nonprofit educational institution in 1955, the Forest History Society has grown steadily in response to increasing public concern about our forest heritage. It is affiliated with Duke University
The Forest History Society site can be used to begin research on the history of forestry in the United State and abroad. The site contains a history of the U.S. Forest Service, including photographs, bios, and descriptions of ranger experiences. The site also provides an online, annotated guide to the Forest History Society's archival collections and a description of materials available at the Society's library. There are links to current websites for the organizations with materials in the collection, and a search tool for finding collections at other institutions. Curriculums for school children, a sample of the Society's journal, Environmental History, and descriptions of the organization's current activities are also available. The site is basic, easily navigated, and well maintained.