Talk: Gifford Pinchot's environmental legacy Oct. 1

Sep 13, 2019
Pictured is a plantation of hardy catalpa in Kansas.

Camden — Writer and landscape architect Bibi Gaston will speak about American conservationist Gifford Pinchot and his environmental legacy at Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Road, Camden, Tuesday, Oct. 1 at noon.

Gaston’s talk will describe the origins of the scientific conservation effort in the U.S. as led by Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, who served under Theodore Roosevelt from 1905-1910. In recent years, Gaston discovered over 5,000 pages of Pinchot’s correspondence between conservation officials, which is now housed at the Library of Congress. Gaston’s talk will address how these papers still prove useful as a resource for environmental issues and offer a view into a past era of public service and outdoor conservation.

Bibi Gaston is a relative of Gifford Pinchot and the author of “Gifford Pinchot and the First Foresters: The Untold Story of the Brave Men and Women Who Launched the American Conservation Movement.”

This event is part of the Summer Talk series; admission is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring. For more information contact info@merryspring.org or call 236-2239.

 

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