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As America’s first trained forester and conservationist, Gifford Pinchot used his wealth and power to protect the nation’s natural resources for “the greatest good, for the greatest number, in the long run.” In 1905 he became head of the newly established United States Forest Service. As Governor of Pennsylvania Pinchot put Pennsylvanians back to work during the Great Depression.
Major funding provided by The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Heinz Endowments, The William Penn Foundation, The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, and The Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Committee.
Ralph W. Abele’s “Resource First” philosophy helped protect and conserve the Commonwealth’s waterways and aquatic life. As longest serving Executive Director of the Fish & Boat Commission, Abele is credited with modernizing the Fish & Boat Code, leading efforts to restore the American shad population to the Susquehanna River and much more.
In 1899 women were seen not heard, but not Mira Lloyd Dock. A Progressive Era activist, she helped rescue Harrisburg from filth and pollution. During her service on the PA Forest Commission, one million acres of forest became reserves. She was the first woman in the world to be appointed to a public forest commission and the first woman to hold job in PA government either appointed or elected.
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