Gifford Pinchot: Conservation Advocate

March 10, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Posted in Department of the Interior, Historical | Leave a comment
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Gifford Pinchot (March 11, 1921

Gifford Pinchot (March 11, 1921

Gifford Pinchot was a Republican. He and Teddy Roosevelt coined the term “conservationist.” He understood the importance of protecting and managing the environment, not because it is pretty but because the resources are finite. He understood that good environmental management is good business.

The Pinchot family carries on his work.

Gifford Pinchot [the third] is co-founder and President Emeritus of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, which offers an MBA that integrates environmental sustainability and social responsibility with innovation and profit. BGI is one of the first graduate schools to weave sustainability throughout its entire curriculum, so that standard business subjects include ethics, cutting-edge sustainability practices, and students’ spiritual perspectives. For the last three years, BGI has ranked at the top of Net Impact’s survey of business schools interested in socially responsible business.

Pinchot’s legacy includes the Gifford Pinchot Task Force which “supports the biological diversity and communities of the Northwest through conservation and restoration of forests, rivers, fish, and wildlife.” His contribution to the country was recognized in 1949 when the Columbia National Forest in Washington state was renamed in his honor.

Modern Republicans may want to forget their past but the GOP has not always been the party of dangerous nut jobs it is today.


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