What Happened in the Rainier Grand's Lobby? A Question of Sources

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Environmental Analysis (Pomona)

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Gifford Pinchot, environmental historiography, John Muir, conservation


One of the enduring narrative tensions that animates much of American environmental historiography is the conflict between those who argue for the preservation of natural spaces and those who call for their conservation-and use. Made to stand as champions of these two apparently irreconcilable ideological positions are John Muir, one of the founders and first president of the Sierra Club, and Gifford Pinchot, who helped establish the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and served as its first chief.

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