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Iowa State University Department of Forestry Camp Records

Iowa State University first taught the subject of forestry in 1874 under the auspices of the Department of Horticulture and Forestry. In 1904, H. P. Baker developed a technical forestry curriculum and taught classes in elementary forestry, silviculture, forestry management and policy, and wood technology. Iowa State was among the first to include forestry camps as part of the curriculum when the first camp was offered in the summer of 1914. During this trip, thirty-five students participated in a three-month camp at Cass Lake, Minnesota. For decades, the summer camps were held yearly at various locations and were only suspended in 1943, 1944, and 1945 due to World War II. By the early 1990s, the length of time spent at the camps had been reduced to approximately three weeks and since 1994, the camps have been held during the fall semester. Over the years, forestry camps took place at locations throughout the United States, including Wyoming, Alabama, and Oregon. Find out more about this collection by viewing the finding aid.

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