1938, the federal government purchased 3,800 acres of old growth
forest in North Carolina to stop extensive logging. The tract of
forest was dedicated to the memory and service of Kilmer. His name
has also been given to many streets and schools across the country as
well as a park in the Bronx, New York City.
Kilmer was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1886. Known for
poetry that celebrated the common beauty of the natural world as well
as his religious faith, he was killed after enlisting in the United
States Army during World War I. Kilmer was awarded by the French the
prestigious Croix de Guerre for his bravery.