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Carl A. Schenck - Bibliography

Biography Carl Alwyn Schenck was born in Darmstadt, Germany in 1868 and studied forestry at the Universities of Tubingen and Gissen. He was granted his Ph.D. in 1894 and was recommended by Brandis and Pinchot to be the chief forester at Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Schenck's arrival in Asheville was revolutionary in that he was the first man in the USA who was a professionally trained scientific forester. In 1898 he helped to establish the Biltmore School which trained students in scientific forestry.  He also traveled the USA giving tours and lectures. In 1914 he returned to Germany and served as an officer in WWI on the Russian front. After the war he continued traveling the USA and Europe until he was forced to return home again in 1939 with the onslaught of WWII. He resumed his work and travels in the 1940's and was appointed by the U.S. military government as chief forester of the new American state of Hessen. He died on May 17 1955 at age 87. He is regarded as one of the foremost pioneers of forestry in the USA and Europe. 
Subjects LCSH  :
Schenck, Carl A. (1868-1955)
United States Forest Service
Forests and Forestry --- United States
Forestry and Community
Forestry Extension North Carolina
Forestry Extension Southern States
Forestry Industry
Forestry Innovations
Forestry Schools and Education
Forestry Schools and Education --- North Carolina
United States. Department of the Interior

Schenck, Carl  (1868-1955)


Schenck, Carl A. Address by Dr. C. A. Schenck. American Forest Congress (AFA Proceedings), 1905.                                       
{at UNC Davis Library}

Laxton, Josephine. Pioneers in Forestry: The Biltmore Forest School. American Forests (AFA), July 1931.

Frost, S. L. The “Plymouth Rock of Forestry.” American Forests (AFA), July 1950.

Darmstadt Germany. The Biltmore Immortals (Volumes I and II). Printed by L. C. Wittich, 1953 and 1957.  
{at Pack Library and the NCSU Special Collection}

Jolley, Harley E. Biltmore Forest Fair, 1908. Forest History (FHS), April 1970.

Van Noppen, Ina and John. Western North Carolina Since the Civil War. Appalachian Consortium Press, 1973.

Schenck, Carl A. The Birth of Forestry in America: Biltmore Forest 
School 1898-1913.
Forest History Society, 1974.                
{edited by Ovid Butler}

Clark, Thomas D. The Greening of the South. The University Press of Kentucky, 1984.

Buxton, Barry M. and Gray, Sam. The Great Forest: An Appalachian 
Appalachian Consortium Press, 1985.

Tainter, F. H. and Cool, B. M. This Was Forestry in America: The Biltmore Forest School 1898-1913. Department of Forestry at Clemson University, 1994 (?).  
{numerous photos of logging by Schenck’s students)

Jolley, Harley E. "The Cradle of Forestry." Forest History Today (FHS), 1998.

Lassoie, James. "Roots of American Forestry Education." Forest History Today (FHS), 1998.

Earley, Lawrence S. Forestry for the New Millennium. Wildlife in North Carolina, November 1998.

Miller, Char and Staebler, Rebecca. "The Greatest Good." Forest History Today (FHS), Spring 2000.

Chapman, Tamara. "Pioneers in American Forestry." Appalachian Life Magazine, June 2000.

The Editors. “Cradle” Remembered at Schenck’s Home. The Forest 
Timeline, Forest History Society, Spring 2001.

Schenck, C.A.  "Forestry Conditions in the United States."  Lectures on Forest Policy.  

Note: The D. H. Hill Library at NCSU has an extensive collection of materials from Mr. Schenck and the Biltmore School of Forestry.   
{Pack Memorial Library (Asheville, NC) has numerous photos and books concerning the Biltmore School.}

Citation  U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Processed by Special Collections staff - Erica Ojermark