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Smart Talk: PA conservation pioneers

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 12, 2015 10:35 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, November 12, 2015:

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a remarkable history of conservation dating at least to the late 19th century when industrialization rapidly took hold and when environmental resources were impacted and, in many cases, depleted by economic growth.

However, this rich history has never been comprehensively documented.  As a result, it is a story that largely remains untold but for a few individual histories of events, people and organizations.

Telling those stories is what the Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Project is designed to do.

On Thursday's Smart Talk, we'll learn more about the Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Project and discuss three conservation pioneers in the state -- former governor and forester Gifford Pinchot, former Forest Commissioner and City Beautiful activist Mira Lloyd Dock and the Fish and Boat Commission's longest serving director Ralph Abele.

Documentaries on all three air Thursday night, starting at 8:30 on WITF-TV.

Appearing on Thursday's Smart Talk are Pennsylvania's Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Cindy Dunn, Marci Mowery of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and former Director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission Peter Duncan, retired community forester Norman Lacasse, and Pinchot biographer Char Miller.


Cindy Dunn and Marci Mowery


Pete Duncan and Norman Lacasse


Char Miller and his book, Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism





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  • Lisa img 2015-11-12 09:54

    Great show! Fascinating to listen to the stories of these great Pennsylvanians. Can't wait to watch the show tonight.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-11-12 11:31

    Manuel from Carlisle emailed...

    Gifford Pinchot’s Grey Towers is a truly great and beautiful site and unique in that it is a Historic Site of the National Forest Service. It is amazing to visit and the tour gives so much great information.

    Two things, if anyone has a 2nd grader, they can get into Grey Towers Free by visiting Every Kid In A Park.

    Also, can your guests tell the story of the outdoor dining pool at Grey Towers and the sunken Thanksgiving Turkey?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-11-12 11:31

    Manuel from Carlisle emailed...

    Can your guests also discuss how Gifford Pinchot started the Forest Service with Teddy Roosevelt, and was then fired by the next administration and why?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-11-12 11:32

    Jim from Camp Hill emailed...

    Please comment on the national significance of Pennsylvania's conservation efforts. I was in Muir Woods (a national Redwood Forest) north of San Francisco and saw a plaque on a redwood tree honoring Gifford Pinchot.

    Also can you comment on Rothrock's contributions to our state forests.

    Finally, What did our forest lands look like before these measures were instituted compared to today? One reason that Gettysburg was such an attractive battleground to the generals on the North and South is that there were few trees. I suspect that much of PA's forests were in similar conditions then.

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