Own the Film and the Memoir That Inspired It!

The story of how Carl Schenck, a German forester, came to America in 1895 to manage the forests at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is now told in high definition and available for purchase! The DVD includes the 55-minute broadcast version America's First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment and the shorter 25-minute version, First in Forestry: Carl Alwin Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School, which includes scenes not available in the broadcast version. This is the same version that shows at the Cradle of Forestry in America National Historic Site's visitor center.


Both films are based on Carl Schenck's fascinating memoir Cradle of Forestry in America: Biltmore Forest School, 1898-1913, also available for purchase. In it, Schenck talks about life on Biltmore Estate with George and Edith Vanderbilt, arguing with President Theodore Roosevelt, and dining with Thomas Edison. He also shares his radical plan for creating a national park that stretched the length of the Appalachian Mountains, an idea that predated the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Parkway by 30 years. 


To purchase the DVD to watch at home for $24.95, click here.


Buy Carl Schenck's memoir Cradle of Forestry in America with the film and save!


Click here to order the public or college library/classroom version for $50.


Interested in hosting a public screening? Click here to order the public screening kit for $150.