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Included in the treasure trove of correspondence between the First foresters and their "Old Chief," we learn that Ranger Charles J. Van Zile was said to have been one of the first to seed our national treasure, Crater Lake, with fish in about the year 1900. Who knew? Did you? If you did, it would be great to hear from you in the comments section below.

The soon-to be-released "Gifford Pinchot and the First Foresters: the Untold Story of the Brave Men and Women Who Launched the American Conservation Movement" is filled with fascinating insights and historic American "firsts," that deepen our appreciation of nature, early conservation efforts, and the adventure, trials, and experimentation of this early group of public