“Heroes of Conservation” Documentary Film Screening and Author Discussion

 

heroes-of-conservationThe Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Project and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is pleased to present a screening of two documentaries focusing on Mira Lloyd Dock and Gifford Pinchot, produced by WITF Public Television in 2015. Both documentaries (at approximately 30 minutes each) will be shown back-to-back in the museum program room on Sunday March 5th, 2017, beginning at 1 Pm. Dr. Susan E. Rimby, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, will lead a panel discussion on the two films following the screening. Dr. Rimby recently wrote a book on Mira Lloyd Dock (Mira Lloyd Dock and the Progressive Era Conservation Movement published by Penn State University Press) that was heavily referenced in the making of the WITF documentaries. While she is here for the event she will also be available for a book signing (copies of the book will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop).

 

Mira Lloyd Dock: A Beautiful Crusade

In 1899 women were seen not heard, but not Mira Lloyd Dock. A Progressive Era activist, she helped rescue Harrisburg from filth and pollution. During her service on the Pennsylvania Forest Commission, one million acres of forest became reserves. She was the first woman in the world to be appointed to a public forest commission and the first woman to hold job in PA government either appointed or elected.

Pennsylvania’s Conservation Heritage: Telling the Story is a statewide initiative with the mission of documenting and interpreting the commonwealth’s rich and diverse conservation and environmental history through oral interviews, a series of documentaries, public programs, and articles.

The conservation history of Pennsylvania tells a cyclical narrative of environmental degradation of our rich resources—and the more hopeful story of the far-reaching visions of conservation leaders and the passage of policies enacted to protect our resources. This is a story of citizens who overwhelmingly banded together—sportsmen, families and concerned communities—to protect our air, land and water, and to preserve our rich conservation legacy for future generations.

 

Gifford Pinchot’s Conservation Legacy

As America’s first trained forester and conservationist, Gifford Pinchot used his wealth and power to protect the nation’s natural resources for “the greatest good, for the greatest number, in the long run.” In 1905 he became head of the newly established United States Forest Service. As Governor of Pennsylvania Pinchot put Pennsylvanians back to work during the Great Depression.

Pennsylvania’s Conservation Heritage: Telling the Story is a statewide initiative with the mission of documenting and interpreting the commonwealth’s rich and diverse conservation and environmental history through oral interviews, a series of documentaries, public programs, and articles.

The conservation history of Pennsylvania tells a cyclical narrative of environmental degradation of our rich resources—and the more hopeful story of the far-reaching visions of conservation leaders and the passage of policies enacted to protect our resources. This is a story of citizens who overwhelmingly banded together—sportsmen, families and concerned communities—to protect our air, land and water, and to preserve our rich conservation legacy for future generations.