Reading & Signing
Gifford Pinchot and the Old Timers
Tuesday, August 20th @ 7pm
Not a story of the great man or the great event, but a narrative by and for the people. Here are 226 unknown men and women whose work in the woods, on the plains, and in the desert made it possible to live the lives we do, who held a mirror to our deepest selves. Here are men and women we can be proud of, whose words matched their deeds, who were humble, grateful, and full of anticipation for the America that was yet to be. Here is a reason to fall in love all over again with the dream of America as it once was and will be once again.
In 1905, practically no one knew what a professional forester was or why a trained and tested cadre of men with badges and green uniforms should be sent out like satellites into the darkest, most barren reaches of America. But Pinchot knew: conserving America’s resources meant not just conserving her water, trees, and wildlife, but finding the individuals who were committed to conservation and putting them to work.