PORTLAND, Ore. September 13, 2004. Historian Dr. Char Miller will
lecture and read from his book about Pinchot, the father of forestry
and leader of the environmental movement. The book, Gifford Pinchot
and the Making of Modern Environmentalism, offers a dynamic and
intimate sketch of Pinchot— the first chief of the USDA Forest
This free talk will be held Monday, October
25, at the World Forestry Center, Miller Hall, 4033 SW Canyon Road,
Portland, Oregon. The
brown-bag lecture is scheduled from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Miller’s
presentation is one of 30 being given nationally during the USDA
Forest Service’s centennial year celebration. Copies of Miller’s
book will be available for purchase and light refreshments will
be served. The World Forestry Center is in Washington Park across
from the Oregon Zoo, and free parking is available.
recount the relationship between Pinchot and conservationist John
Muir and how their political disagreements and contrasting
visions of the use of natural resources set the agenda for the
In addition to advising presidents, Pinchot
served two terms as governor of Pennsylvania and later founded
the National Conservation
Association. The author also examines Gifford Pinchot’s postgraduate
education in France and his efforts in promoting the profession
of forestry in the United States and in establishing and running
the Forest Service.
Miller will also discuss Pinchot’s marriage
to feminist Cornelia Bryce and her role in Pinchot’s political
radicalization throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
Char Miller is professor
and chair of the history department at Trinity University in San
Antonio, Texas. First published in 2001,
Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism, is the
first Pinchot biography to be published in four decades. It has
won five awards and is available in paperback from Island Press
Publishers as part of the Pioneers of Conservation series. Dr.
Miller’s lecture is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service,
the World Forestry Center, Society of American Foresters Portland
Chapter, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.