"Gifford Pinchot and the Old Timers"


“With Gifford Pinchot and the Old Timers," Bibi Gaston has given us a special gift.  Historians were aware of a collection of letters that passed between Gifford Pinchot, Teddy Roosevelt’s “Chief Forester,” and the“Old Timers,” the hard-working rangers of the early days of the U.S. Forest Service.  Those letters, however, remained inaccessible, buried deep in archival collections.  Until now.  In this volume Gaston brings forward these vivid voices of American conservation history—as reminders of their commitment to public service in their own time, and as welcome calls to democratic re-engagement in ours.” Curt Meine

Senior Fellow, Aldo Leopold Foundation/Center for Humans and Nature

Author, Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work


"American history was changed forever—and for better—by the generations who took the reins in the early twentieth century. Amid the turbulence of our new century, we can draw actionable inspiration from Gifford Pinchot and the Old Timers who created the U.S. Forest Service.
Bibi Gaston has compiled their words into timeless traits of character. She
makes clear that we are all descendants and beneficiaries of these courageous, intrepid individuals. Gaston challenges us to reach for a comparable legacy. With this field guide, we’re equipped for the journey."

—James Strock, founding Secretary,
California Environmental Protection Agency,
author, Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership

"Conservationists and lovers of our national forests will find this fascinating reading. Gifford Pinchot left many gifts for future generations.
Among those gifts were his philosophy of conservation, our country’s national forests and the forestry profession itself. These letters from The Old
Timers are also a remarkable gift. They are a window to the past that help
us appreciate where we are today. Hopefully, they will give us courage to
do what’s right for future generations."

—Dale Bosworth, Former Chief, U.S. Forest Service

"What a marvelous book Bibi Gaston has created about her great-granduncle Gifford Pinchot, Chief Forester of the U.S. Forest Service from
1905–1909, and all his fellow forestry pioneers. Not only is it fascinating
history but also inspiration for our current desperate efforts to save the
planet’s remaining precious, carbon-absorbing trees and the rest of beleaguered nature—without which we and countless other species cannot survive for much longer. Pinchot’s idea says it all: Conservation is the basis of permanent peace. As we honor our environmental ancestors, they provide us with the courage and inspiration to do what must be done."

—Linda Buzzell, co-editor, Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind
(Sierra Club Books, 2009)

"Bibi Gaston has produced a seminal book about her great-granduncle Gifford Pinchot, our nation’s first Chief Forester, and the pioneering women and men who worked with him. Pinchot’s legacy offers inspiration to us today."

        -Joseph Garrera, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum. Allentown, Pennsylvania.