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The Best Days of Our Lives
The Centennial of Maryland State Forest and Parks

Tuesday, Nov. 14th at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18th at 5:50 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.


The 'Suspender Brigade' at Harrington Manor Resident Wardens Conference: Wardens Sines, O'Keefe and Marin, 1932, photo by Fred W. Besley

Laurel Run, Patapsco State Park, photo by Fred W. BesleyThe Best Days of Our Lives: The Centennial of Maryland State Forest and Parks is a half-hour Outdoors Maryland special that celebrates the development of State Forests and Parks in Maryland from 1906 to the 2006, the centennial of their founding. Presented in three parts, the saga unfolds in major eras, colorful characters, and pivotal events.  Through candid interviews with descendants of historic figures, with foresters who have blazed new paths, and with master storytellers steeped in living history and legend – The Best Days of Our Lives illuminates the progress of the last hundred years.  During this time, Maryland landscapes evolved from ravaged forests east and west to nearly 500,000 acres of managed public lands today – a state where no citizen travels more than 20 miles from home to find a state park or forest.  Historic photographs from private and public archives and high-definition digital videography illuminate the journey which is uniquely Maryland’s – and yet resonates with the story of public land conservation in our nation. Premiering Tuesday, Nov. 14th at 7:30 p.m. & also airing on Saturday, Nov. 18th at 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on MPT's Outdoors Maryland.

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Besley and Resident Wardens at Herrington Manor, 1932

Celebrating a Century of Conservation & Recreation
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Fred W. Besley taking photographs at dedication of Paw Paw Shelter, 1942, photograph courtesy of Maryland Mountain Club


 


 

Photographs (top to bottom):

  • The "Suspender Brigade at Harrington Manor -
    Resident Wardens Conference: Wardens Sines, O'Keefe and Marin, 1932, photo by Fred W. Besley

  • Laurel Run, Patapsco State Park, photo by Fred W. Besley

  • Resident Wardens Martin, Marin, Buckingham, Lohr, O'Keefe, Sines, and Fred W. Besley at Herrington Manor, July 1932, photo by K.E. Pieffer. Identity of one of these gentleman is unknown.

  • Fred W. Besley taking photographs at dedication of Paw Paw Shelter, 1942, photograph courtesy of Maryland Mountain Club.

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