There is nothing quite as fun or satisfying as discovering something that, for a while at least, makes other things make perfect sense. A light goes on, a candle lit, a puzzle piece found. For a while we are suspended in mid-air thinking, "I didn't know that." Or, "is that how that happened, really!?" "That's incredible!"

Life is like that. We stumble on a fact or new information that leads us to other information that changes us and offers us a new way to think about the world. We could argue with this or that. But there's no need to dispute the tales of the dead, particularly those who lived their lives in service to the Conservation of Nature for the sake of the American people.

Between the years 1937 and 1941, more than two hundred men and women wrote over 5,000 pages of letters to their old boss, then former Pennsylvania Governor and Chief of the U. S. Forest Service Gifford Pinchot, about the work that they had performed when they were just starting out as public servants. This blog is dedicated to them--to more than 226 men and women-- whose names and lives have been forgotten, or never heard of, but who cared so deeply about the United States of America, and the conservation of her precious resources, that they did what they did not for the sake of fame or prosperity. Their story is one that makes so many other things make perfect sense. Their stories were simply incredible.