Who was Gifford Pinchot?



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    Pinchot was the first Chief of the United States Forest Service from 1905–1910. He was also the Governor of Pennsylvania from 1923–1927 and 1931–1935. He 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.” He was born in Connecticut and attended Yale University.

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    In accordance with his status as Chief of the Forest Service, Pinchot had a national forest named after him. Washington State’s Columbia National Forest was renamed the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in 1949.

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    Gifford Pinchot was the first Chief of the Forest Service from 1905 to 1910. He was also the 4th Chief of the Division of Forestry from 1898 to 1905 prior to his appointment to the Forest Service.

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