Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot

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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 (1865–1946). 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 institution’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 institute’s initial conception by Pinchot’s son, Gifford Bryce Pinchot, through the family’s ongoing participation in current conservation programming. Miller describes the institute’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 Colón 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 namesake’s ambition to protect ecosystems for future generations and provide vital environmental services in an age of a burgeoning population and a disruptive climate.

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Char Miller is W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and director of the Environmental Analysis Program at Pomona College. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism; Public Lands/Public Debates: A Century of Controversy; Out of the Woods: Essays in Environmental History; and Between Ruin and Restoration: An Environmental History of Israel.

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A very insightful analysis of the legacy of Pinchot in the context of shifting notions of the role of government in public life and the rise of the new environmental movement. . . . Miller tells an incredible story of the struggle to perpetuate the Pinchot name in both the world of professional forestry and in the modern environmental movement. Happily, he also shows that these enterprises have retained the loyalty and enthusiasm of the third generation of Pinchots, giving fresh promise to the famous definition of conservation by Gifford Pinchot himself: the greatest good for the greatest number in the long run’.”
Environmental History



Wonderful dual history of Grey Towers and the think tank that bears Pinchot’s name. There is no one better suited to write this than Miller, who is Pinchot’s best biographer . . . Miller engagingly shows how Pinchot, his son, his home and the institution he helped create still shape our environmental world today.” Ecology
 

An engaging story of how the gift of a famous family’s home and historic legacy to the U.S. government was received and fostered over a bumpy fifty-year history. As the biographer of Gifford Pinchot, Char Miller is an excellent choice to tell this continuing story. . . With its warm and lucid style and important story of collaboration for conservation, this book comes highly recommended.”
--Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

“A fascinating portrayal of an organization struggling to find its footing even as the world around it changes. When the Pinchot Institute and Grey Towers were led by those with that rare combination of vision and competence, it flourished.”
—The Allegheny Front



“Miller offers a fascinating tale connecting past and present. [He] convincingly demonstrates that examining the history of collaborations that developed at Grey Towers can help provide a more sustainable future, one in which Gifford Pinchot’s legacy of ‘seeking the greatest good’ continues.”
—Agricultural History



"This is a book written with an immediately evident desire to engage, and not just inform, the reader. The structuring of each chapter, and the book as a whole, has been approached with a thoughtfulness that far exceeds the bounds of what would have been necessary to relay the facts, express opinions, and critique the views of others."
—ecoforestry.uk

“Char Miller effectively chronicles the important story of the Pinchot Institute and its place in American conservation. In particular, Seeking the Greatest Good tells this story while carefully grounding it in the place and people that compose its essence—the spirit that has allowed it to accomplish many significant achievements. Indeed, Miller’s account demonstrates how the Pinchot Institute served as a lightning rod and inspiration during the formative period of modern environmentalism.”
—Brian C. Black, Pennsylvania State University

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