Old Growth: A Reconstruction of Gifford Pinchot's Training of a Forester, 1914-1937

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Environmental Analysis (Pomona)

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Gifford Pinchot, environmental history, biography


In 1897 while serving as a special forestry agent for the Department of the Interior, a young Gifford Pinchot (he was thirty-one years old at the time) travelled to the Pacific Northwest. His task was to inspect the newly created federal forest reserves that President Cleveland established before departing from office that March, to offer recommendations about their current boundaries, and to report on their future management. To this list he added a fourth goal: to persuade the region's citizenry that the forest reserves, against which many had protested for fear that their natural resources would be forever locked up, were a political and economic benefit. His was going to be a hard sell.

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