Seeking the Greatest Good

Seeking the Greatest Good

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President John F. Kennedy officially dedicated the Pinchot Institute for Conservation Studies on September 24, 1963 to further the legacy and activism of conservationist Gifford Pinchot (1865a€“1946). Pinchot was the first chief of the United States Forest Service, appointed by Theodore Roosevelt in 1905. During his five-year term, he more than tripled the national forest reserves to 172 million acres. A pioneer in his field, Pinchot is widely regarded as one of the architects of American conservation and an adamant steward of natural resources for future generations. Author Char Miller highlights many of the important contributions of the Pinchot Institute through its first fifty years of operation. As a union of the United States Forest Service and the Conservation Foundation, a private New York-based think tank, the institute was created to formulate policy and develop conservation education programs. Miller chronicles the institutiona€™s founding, a donation of the Pinchot family, at its Grey Towers estate in Milford, Pennsylvania. He views the contributions of Pinchot family members, from the institutea€™s initial conception by Pinchota€™s son, Gifford Bryce Pinchot, through the familya€™s ongoing participation in current conservation programming. Miller describes the institutea€™s unique fusion of policy makers, scientists, politicians, and activists to increase our understanding of and responses to urban and rural forestry, water quality, soil erosion, air pollution, endangered species, land management and planning, and hydraulic franking. Miller explores such innovative programs as Common Waters, which works to protect the local Delaware River Basin as a drinking water source for millions; EcoMadera, which trains the residents of Cristobal ColA³n in Ecuador in conservation land management and sustainable wood processing; and the Forest Health-Human Health Initiative, which offers health-care credits to rural American landowners who maintain their carbon-capturing forestlands. Many of these individuals are age sixty-five or older and face daunting medical expenses that may force them to sell their land for timber. Through these and countless other collaborative endeavors, the Pinchot Institute has continued to advance its namesakea€™s ambition to protect ecosystems for future generations and provide vital environmental services in an age of a burgeoning population and a disruptive climate.In an eerie foreshadowing of the tragedy in Dallas that would occur two months later, the Secret Service was also dissatisfied ... pry up select boards and then, after a careful examination, nail them back down just before the ceremonies commenced. The Secret Service also posted an officer a€œat the stand to prevent tampering or the introduction of some kind of infernal ... The essential obligation was that each individual had to have an official Forest Service uniform, a requirement thatanbsp;...


Title:Seeking the Greatest Good
Author: Char Miller
Publisher:University of Pittsburgh Press - 2013-09-22
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