The Untold Story of the Brave Men and Women Who Launched the American Conservation Movement

Merryspring lecture: Gifford Pinchot, his lasting environmental legacy

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CAMDEN — Writer and landscape architect Bibi Gaston will speak about American conservationist Gifford Pinchot and his lasting environmental legacy, Tuesday, October 1, at 12 p.m., at Merryspring Nature Center.

Gaston’s talk will describe the origins of the scientific conservation effort in the U.S. as led by Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, who served under Theodore Roosevelt from 1905-1910.

In recent years, Gaston discovered more than 5,000 pages of Pinchot’s correspondence between conservation officials, which is now housed at the Library of Congress, called the “Old Timers Collection.”

Gaston’s talk will address how these papers still prove useful as a resource for environmental issues and offer a view into a past era of public service and outdoor conservation.

Bibi Gaston is a relative of Gifford Pinchot, as well as a landscape architect and writer. She has practiced landscape architecture for a variety of public and private clients since 1986.

Her first book, The Loveliest Woman in America: A Tragic Actress, Her Lost Diaries and Her Granddaughter's Search for Home, was published by William Morrow/ Harper Collins in 2008.

Her second book, Gifford Pinchot and the First Foresters: The Untold Story of the Brave Men and Women Who Launched the American Conservation Movement, was published in 2016.

This event is part of the Summer Talk series, co-sponsored by RE/MAX Jaret & Cohn and The First Bank.

Admission to Tuesday talks is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring.

Merryspring is a community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round.

The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza.

For more information on this program, contact or call 207-236-2239.ttachments area

Event Date: 

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 12:00pm

Event Location: 

Merryspring Nature Center


Merryspring Nature Center
Camden  Maine
United States