Gifford Pinchot PA conservation figure

Gifford Pinchot

August 11, 1865 – October 4, 1946

Pinchot served as the first Chief of the United States Forest Service from 1905 until 1910, and was the 28th Governor of Pennsylvania, serving from 1923 to 1927, and again from 1931 to 1935. Pinchot is known for reforming the management and development of forests in the United States and for advocating the conservation of the nation’s reserves by planned use and renewal. Pinchot coined the term “”conservation ethic”” as applied to natural resources. Pinchot’s main contribution was his leadership in promoting scientific forestry and emphasizing the controlled, profitable use of forests and other natural resources so they would be of maximum benefit to mankind. He was the first to demonstrate the practicality and profitability of managing forest for continuous cropping. His leadership put conservation of forests high on America’s priority list.