Did you know that Aldo Leopold, the father of wildlife conservation, was one of the First Foresters to serve under Gifford Pinchot? Leopold went on to become the author of "A Sand County Almanac," arguably one of the best-loved classics of American environmental literature. He was said to be a "prophet" by the author Wallace Stegner.

In his January, 1940 letter to Gifford Pinchot, Leopold praised his Old Chief's intention of compiling the collection of narratives of the First Foresters. He noted, prophetically, "...a generation or two must elapse before its value can be truly weighed by anyone."