For the Greatest Good: Early History of Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Item #: 18230
Author: Rick McClure & Cheryl Mack
ISBN: 9780914019596
For the Greatest Good: Early History of Gifford Pinchot National Forest
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Personal recollections. Worn and faded black-and-white photographs. Journal entries from the first expeditions. Frayed letters from early rangers. Field notes.

Authors McClure and Mack assemble these fragments to create a portrait of Gifford Pinchot National Forest's history and provide a glimpse into its past through the eyes of the people who shaped it. Dozens of first-person accounts and photographs supplement the authors impressions throughout the pages. During the late 1930s, Forest Supervisor Kirk P. Cecil asked his rangers to interview local old timers and prepare written historical summaries of their districts. During the 1940s Cecil contacted and corresponded with many of the early forest rangers and guards, asking them to provide recollections of their experiences. Several excerpts from these communications have been included in this book and the authors have drawn liberally from a notebook of personnel data compiled by Cecil in the 1960s. Known by many names since its creation as a forest reserve over a century ago, today the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses an area of 1,527,761 acres in south-central Washington State.

July 1, 2008 marks the centennial of President Theodore Roosevelt's executive order creating the Columbia National Forest, later renamed Gifford Pinchot National Forest in honor of the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service. This book chronicles the early history of the forest up to 1949.

Look back through the eyes of the native Americans, fur traders, explorers, and rangers to gain a deeper understanding of the land we now call Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Features: Paperback. 2008. 108 pp. Over 150 black and white photographs and illustrations. 6 x 9 in.