Pinchot, Gifford

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  • Gifford Pinchot (1865–1946) is considered one of the most noted advocates supporting the idea of conservation during the early part of the twentieth century. His important work, A Primer of Forestry, of which over a million copies were distributed, stressed the importance of scientific timber cutting and reforestation practices. His efforts on behalf of the management and development of forests in the United States and the efficient use and renewal of the nation's natural resources led to his appointment as the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service. A Republican in politics and a supporter of Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive reforms, he fell out of favor with the Taft administration and was fired due to his outspoken criticisms of Richard Ballinger, secretary of the interior. He ...

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