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Gifford Pinchot: Early American Conservationist

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Born at his family’s summer home in Simsbury, Connecticut. Pinchot traveled abroad regularly with his parents and was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and at Yale. He declined an opportunity to enter the family business and instead journeyed to France to pursue his passion — forestry. While studying in Europe, he became a convert to the practice of selective harvesting of forest resources. Pinchot returned to the United States in 1891, anxious to put his knowledge to practical use.

Theodore Roosevelt and the Environment

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The Roosevelt Museum of Natural History opened its doors in 1867. Among its first specimens was the skull of a seal that had washed up in New York Harbor, begged from its owner by the museum’s founder, eight year old Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

Theodore Roosevelt the Conservationist


As a boy, Theodore Roosevelt wanted to be a naturalist, a scientist who revels in and examines nature. As an adult, the president never forgot his childhood dream, and preserved vast regions of the U.S. for future generations of Americans.

The Pinchot Institute for Conservation

The mission of the Pinchot Institute is to advance conservation and sustainable natural resource management by developing innovative, practical, and broadly-supported solutions to conservation challenges and opportunities.

The National Parks – America’s Best Idea

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The National Parks: America’s Best Idea is a six-episode PBS documentary produced by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. It was filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature’s most spectacular locales – from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska.

History of the U.S. Forest Service

Pinchot Roosevelt

Starting in 1876, Gifford Pinchot, along with President Theodore Roosevelt and conservation organizations, led the effort to manage forest for the public good.

The Forest History Society

The Forest History Society

The Forest History Society is a nonprofit library and archive dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating forest and conservation history for all to use. The Society links the past to the future while reminding us about our important forest heritage.

The National Museum of Forest Service History

National Museum of Forest Service History

Over the course of the Forest Service’s first century, there has never been one central repository where artifacts could be stored, preserved and displayed. There has not been one central exhibition hall where the stories and lessons could be shared with the public. And there has not been one central monument where the leaders, partners, and people whose stories are our history could be recognized and honored. Until now.

The National Forest Foundation

National Forest Foundation

Do you know about The National Forest Foundation? Created in 1993, The National Forest Foundation is the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service. And they do great things.

Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday

Serena looked over at me as they danced. She shook her head slightly, and I backed out of the room.
Strange fruit, Billie Holiday sang.
Strange fruit, indeed.