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document "Rivermen Reach Turners Falls"
Jul 21, 1900
A 1900 log drive moves sixty million feet of lumber down the Connecticut. By the 1910s the volume will drop to thirty-five million feet.
document "Log Drive Nearly Past Turners"
Aug 21, 1909
The log drive in 1909 did not disrupt the river as much as in previous years because of a substantial rainfall. Sharing the river's resources was always a dilemma.
document "Log Drive of 36,000,000 Feet"
May 29, 1909
The upper Connecticut River valley was logged at an unsustainable rate in the early 1900s, leading to the eventual crash of the industry in the valley.
document "Annual Log Drive on the River"
Sep 4, 1909
Deforestation stemming from the intense logging of places like the Connecticut River Valley led to the creation of a national Division of Forestry.
document "Gang of Loggers Arrive"
Jul 4, 1908
The log drive of 1908 was prepared for by a gang of rivermen who came up from their mill at the base of Mt. Tom. They built booms to keep the logs in the channel.
document "Burly Log Drivers Up River Start Biggest Drive Ever Seen"
May 20, 1911
"The once-great forests of New England are now little more than a memory," this article notes, and the huge log drives of the early 1900s were the beginning of the end of that era's logging.
document "Start New Gypsy Moth Campaign" article from Greenfield Daily Recorder-Gazette newspaper
Aug 3, 1935
New Deal programs often addressed social and environmental problems not directly related to the Great Depression.
document "More Weight On Men, More Roads Through Forest Show Result of One Camp" article from the Daily Recorder-Gazette newspaper
Jul 10, 1933
This article in the Greenfield Daily Recorder-Gazette shows why the Civilian Conservation Corps was such a popular program in the 1930s.
front "Sap Gatherers"
Frances and Mary Allen captured a quintessentially New England activity when they posed these children busily gathering sap for boiling down into maple syrup.
front Burning
c. 1930
The end of the potato harvest is documented in Elizabeth Brooks Fuller's watercolor of the burning of the potato vines. The vines were burnt in the fields to prevent disease.


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