Praise for Gifford Pinchot and the First Foresters
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)