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SELLING CONSERVATION FROM THE 1890s TO THE 21st CENTURY

Dr. Peter Linehan, associate professor of Forestry at Mont Alto, discussed how the Pennsylvania Forestry Association mobilized and educated the public and influenced state lawmakers to revolutionize the management of forests in Pennsylvania. Nestled among the trees on the edge of the Michaux State Forest, Penn State Mont Alto has educated America’s foresters for over a century. It was one of the first forestry schools in the nation. The goal at that time was to crusade for a change from the barren hills caused by forest fires and charcoal production. Following the lecture, Dr. Linehan was joined by Nels Johnson (The Nature Conservancy) and Dr. James Grace (DCNR) for a discussion on contemporary forestry issues.

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