Gifford Pinchot - the first American forester
Born into a wealthy lumbering family in 1865, Pinchot grew up close to the forest environment in his home state of Connecticut. Shortly after the family realized how detrimental their logging business had become to the surrounding land, he had just graduated from college. He was forced to travel across seas to learn more about forestry and the idea of conservation. After spending a year in Nancy, France studying at the National School of Forestry, he returned to the United States determined to introduce the idea of conservation to Americans.