On July 29th, the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® program participated in the Weeks Act Centennial Festival at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto in Gorham, New Hampshire. In 1911, the Weeks Act led to the creation of the National Forest east of the Mississippi in the Eastern United States.
The event, attended by over 700 local people and vacationers, offered a Main Pavilion showcasing local services, products and attractions, as well as a Woodlands Pavilion offering demonstrations from craftsmen creating their wares from wood. Here, attendees could also learn about what the forest has to offer. The Forest and Family Pavilion offered an expansive plant display, the Mt Washington Weather Observatory, a US Forest Service soil investigation pit, a water, pond and stream discovery display, and New Hampshire’s Division of Forest and Lands had a wildfire truck display along with a wildland fire obstacle course for children.
The Forest & Family Pavilion also included the Firewise exhibit where folks learned about the program. Vacationing homeowners from around the US recalled the Bitterroot, Montana fire in 2000, and understanding the need to prepare their home from wildland fire, requested information not only for themselves, but for other family members living in fire prone areas in other parts of the United States wanting to make sure they too were aware of what they can do to make their properties safer from wildfire.