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Learn what inspired and precipitated the creation of the US Forest Service, its original mission, and how it birthed a generation of passionate environmental professionals. Author of Gifford Pinchot and the First Foresters, Bibi Gaston, is also a landscape architect and the great grand-niece of Pinchot, whom Teddy Roosevelt appointed to lead the US Forest Service in 1905. Her second book is based on correspondence between Pinchot and 226 foresters and allied professionals unearthed at the Library of Congress’s 2-million document Pinchot Collection.
Between the years 1937-1941, Gifford Pinchot embarked on an effort to collect the personal narratives of the men and women who served in the early days of the US Forest Service, one of whom was Aldo Leopold. The collection of letters, which Pinchot referred to as “The Old Timers Collection” consists of 5,000 pages that chronicle the issues and challenges these men and women faced at the dawn of the American conservation movement.
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