An original documentary film, “Seeking the Greatest Good,” to air on WVIA Television, chronicles the legacy of Gifford Pinchot’s conservation philosophy, and celebrates its value for understanding and solving the conservation challenges of our own era.
The broadcast premiere of “Seeking the Greatest Good” is Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. on WVIA-TV.
Milford native Gifford Pinchot was the first American forester, and helped establish the National Forests and the US Forest Service, where he served as its first Chief under President Theodore Roosevelt. Pinchot advocated for the sustainable management of natural resources for the continuing benefit of the nation as a whole, “the greatest good to the greatest number for the
These principles of practical conservation have emerged
as an effective way to address the kind of complex conservation
issues we face today.
This one-hour high definition film cinematically tells Pinchot’s
life story, career achievements, development of his principles and
connection to the Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford,
through archival documents, film photographs, and interviews
with historian Char Miller; New York Times contributing reporter and award-winning author, Tim Egan; Theodore Roosevelt IV; Yale
University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Dean (retired),
John Gordon; Forest Service Chief, Tom Tidwell; Pinchot Institute
president Al Sample; Grey Towers director Allison Stewart; and Pinchot
On September 24, 1963, President Kennedy addressed a crowd on the lawn of Grey Towers, the Pinchot home in Milford, Pennsylvania, hailing Gifford
Pinchot as “a practical idealist.” The President was there to recognize
the Pinchot family for their gift of Grey Towers to the nation, and
dedicate the Pinchot Institute for Conservation Studies.
Grey Towers serves not only as a national landmark, but also as a metaphorical covenant to the conservationist values of Gifford Pinchot and a haven for the democratic ideals engrained in his legacy.
To ensure the continuation of these values, the Pinchot family, the Forest Service, and leading environmental thinkers of the time established the Pinchot Institute to do research, policy analysis, and conservation education.
“Seeking the Greatest Good” also showcases the value of the Pinchot
Institute’s research and outreach programs to communities and the
sustainable management of local resources, from the waters of the Delaware
River to the forests of the Pacific Northwest and Ecuador.
Encore presentations of “Seeking the Greatest Good” can be seen on
Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m. on WVIA-TV.
“Seeking the Greatest Good” was produced by Via Studios Global, a division
of WVIA Public Media and distributed by American Public Television.