Gifford Pinchot: Growing Into The Green Era

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Growing into the “Green” Era

Throughout the end of the 19th and beginning of 20th centuries, we saw an extreme shift in mindsets about the environment and how it should be managed. Iconic utilitarian conservationists, such as Gifford Pinchot, led this march to a more scientific approach to conserving land to produce maximum resources efficiently for the benefit of the people and country. Even after Pinchot’s firing as the first ever Chief of the U.S. Forest services in 1910, we would see his conservation principals integrated throughout years to come in pivotal environmental issues that would abrupt within the United States. Throughout these national issues such as the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, WWII and the Cold War, along with others, we would see the need for this utilitarian conservation movement idea to help progress us into the modern “green” era of scientific environmentalism. With these events, the inventory of federal land use and water resources agencies would be prompted and encouraged to develop and transform into more
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