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The Life of Maurice Goddard

Written by Colette Clarke, Interactive Producer | Sep 2, 2012 4:00 AM

Maurice K. Goddard (1912-1995) was a man who committed his life to the conservation and environmental concerns of Pennsylvania and the nation. As a steward and public servant of the Commonwealth’s natural resources, Goddard served under five governors as Secretary of Forests and Waters and as the founding Secretary of the Department of Environmental Resources (1955-1979).  His legacy includes numerous endeavors which helped shape Pennsylvania’s status as a national leader for environmental conservation including:

  • A State Park within 25 miles of every Pennsylvanian
  • A commitment to professionalism and civil service
  • A dedicated funding and development approach for natural resource conservation through the Oil and Gas Fund, Project 70 and Project 500
  • A profound influence on national conservation policy
  • An instrumental role in the formation to the Delaware River Basin Commission and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.

witf in partnership with The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Heinz Foundation, The Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation and The Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission present a one hour documentary on life of Maurice K. Goddard. The documentary is part of an overarching Maurice K. Goddard Legacy Project designed to celebrate his accomplishments and to rededicate all Pennsylvanians to his vision and values for the conservation of our natural resources.

The one hour documentary will follow the chronology of Goddards life touching on the various accomplishments and challenges he faced. A series of interviewees with friends and colleagues will tell his story from their personal connection in conjunction with Goddard researcher and narration connecting the historical context of his career.

witf aired this original production on September 9, 2010 at 7 p.m.

HOW TO MAKE HISTORY MATTER: THE MAURICE K. GODDARD LEGACY PROJECT by Brenda Barrett

Watch a preview below.

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