Cradle of Forestry in America is the site of
the first forestry school in America – the Biltmore Forest
School, founded in 1898 by Dr. Carl Schenck, chief forester for
George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate.
The Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association (CFIA),
a 501c3 non profit was founded in 1972 by a group of conservationists
to help the US Forest Service tell the story of forest conservation
in America, and help people better understand forests and the
benefits of forest management. The CFIA accomplishes this goal
by operating campgrounds in Alabama, Indiana, North Carolina,
Virginia, and providing campers with environmental education.
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Brief History of the Cradle of Forestry In America:
Cradle of Forestry Historic Site in the Pink Beds valley, NC,
was established by Congress in 1968 and contains the first official
school for forestry in America – the Biltmore Forest School.
After purchasing land in the Asheville, NC area in the mid to
late 1800's, George Vanderbilt was prompted by Frederick Law
Olmsted to hire a forester to maintain his property. Vanderbilt
selected Gifford Pinchot to restore and manage his massive expanse
of lands. It was during this time that Forestry in America began.
along with our USDA Forest Service partners will strive to make
Cradle of Forestry in America a "center of excellence in natural
and cultural resource nterpretation." At the Cradle and through
outreach programs in other National Forests and their communities,
CFIA will promote stewardship of our forest resources and the importance
of science based forest management practices. CFIA will assist and
support the USDA Forest Service mission to "care for the land
and serve the people."