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This Land Was Saved for You and Me: How Gifford Pinchot, Frederick Law Olmsted, and a Band of Foresters Rescued America's Public Lands, a book talk with Jeffrey H. Ryan
This Land Was Saved for You and Me: How Gifford Pinchot, Frederick Law Olmsted, and a Band of Foresters Rescued America's Public Lands

a book talk with Jeffrey H. Ryan

Tuesday, September 27, 7-8 PM ET

The story of how America’s public lands—our city parks, national forests, and wilderness areas— came to be can be traced to a few conservation pioneers and proteges who shaped policy and advocated for open spaces. Some, like Frederick Law Olmsted and Gifford Pinchot, are well known, while others have never been given their due. In his latest book, Jeffrey Ryan covers the nearly century-long period between 1865 (when Olmsted contributed to the creation of Yosemite as a park and created its management plan) to the signing of the Wilderness Act of 1964. Olmsted influenced Pinchot, who became the first head of the National Forest Service, and in turn, Pinchot hired the foresters who became the founders of The Wilderness Society and creators of the Wilderness Act itself. Join us to learn more about this story and the historic cast of characters—among them Theodore Roosevelt, Bob Marshall, Benton MacKaye, Aldo Leopold, and Howard Zahniser— as well as the context for their decisions and the political and economic factors that contributed to the triumphs and pitfalls in the quest to protect public lands.

About the author: Jeffrey H. Ryan is passionate about the outdoors and the conservation of public land. His work has been cited in Forbes, USA Today, Appalachia and other notable publications. He is the author of Appalachian Odyssey (2016) and Blazing Ahead (2017). He lives in Portland, Maine.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Location: online via Zoom.

Sep 27, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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