Joseph Trimble Rothrock

April 9, 1839 - June 2, 1922

Recognized as the “Father of Forestry” in Pennsylvania. In 1895, Rothrock was appointed the first forestry commissioner to lead the newly formed Division of Forestry in the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Two of his major accomplishments as commissioner were his land acquisition program and the creation of a forest academy to train foresters for state service.

A full biography is available from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association, or view the Bureau of Forestry video for more information.