As part of the Weeks Act Centennial Celebration, the National Forests in Mississippi recently honored conservation groups and individuals for protecting watersheds, restoring forests, and preventing wildland fires. “These recipients are tremendous supporters of the forest. We’re fortunate to have great partners.” said Gretta Boley, Forest Supervisor.
About 300 people gathered at the Jackson Convention Complex on May 19, 2012, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act, legislation that reshaped our nation as it enabled the purchase of private lands for public forests. This law led to the creation and restoration of national forests in Mississippi and 25 other states that Americans enjoy and benefit from today.
The Nature Conservancy was honored for efforts to protect water through land acquisition. The award was received by Jim Murrian, The Nature Conservancy Mississippi Chapter Director.
To learn more about the Weeks Act and the Centennial Celebration in Mississippi, click here.