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A free screening of the film "Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot" will take place on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the Temple Ambler Campus' Learning Center. A reception opens the evening at 6:15 p.m., with the film screened at 7 p.m. A panel discussion will follow the film screening, starting around 8 p.m.
Gifford Pinchot is known as the Father of the Conservation Movement and was the First Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. This documentary discusses the history and continuing value of Pinchot's philosophy of natural resource conservation through sustainable use. In the wake of major wildfires, loss of forests to development, and other conservation concerns, stakeholders of all kinds have come to realize that sustainable forest management will play a role in conserving forests for a wide array of values, including water resource protection, wildlife habitat, and biodiversity.
The documentary also highlights Grey Towers, the ancestral home of Pinchot located along the Delaware River in Milford, Pa. Now a National Historic Site, Grey Towers serves as a conservation education and leadership center, with programs that interpret the lives of the Pinchot family. It is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013.
The panel will include local leaders discussing conservation approaches in 2013. DRBC's Executive Director and Pinchot Institute for Conservation Board of Directors' member Carol R. Collier will introduce the film and also participate in the panel discussion. Other panel participants include Pa. State Representative Kate Harper, Sarah Low, U.S. Forest Service, Dennis Miranda, Exec. Director, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, and Jeffrey Featherstone, Ph.D., Temple University.