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Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy for Gifford Pinchot

Renowned American forester and conservationist Gifford Pinchot, called “the father of American conservation,” served as the first Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. He left a significant mark on the world of conservation through his belief that conservation meant “the greatest good to the greatest number for the longest time.” The ever-increasing value of his philosophy of natural resource conservation through sustainable use is highlighted in this film. In the wake of major wildfires and extensive forest mortality, especially on federal lands, forest stakeholders have come to realize that sustainable forest management is our best hope for conserving forests for a wide array of value — water resource protection, wildlife habitat, biodiversity and climate mitigation, as well as wood and bio-energy. The Pinchot Institute figures prominently in the film.

Directed, produced and written by Kristin Doran. Produced by PBS affiliate WVIA.