100 Years Ago – 1918 ‘The War to End All Wars’ Affected Pennsylvania Forests

With America’s entry into the war foresters and crews for firefighting efforts became undermanned.  At Mont Alto student enrollment was down. Faculty left to join the Army. Even the head of the State Forest Academy, Dr. Edwin A. Ziegler, left Mont Alto and served as a commissioned officer during the war. Another prominent forester who would go on to serve in the AEF and later become prominent in forestry issues included Robert Y. Stuart, the last Commissioner of the Department of Forestry and the First Secretary of the Department of Forests and Waters. You can read more about Stuart and the others who contributed to the war effort in the new book, The Fires of Penn’s Woods, available from the author, at the Whistlestop Book Store in Carlisle, and online through Amazon.