U.S. Forest Service History Books

The Forest History Society has long had an interest in documenting the history of the U.S. Forest Service, the federal agency with responsibility for managing the largest number of forested acres in the United States. In addition to maintaining the U.S. Forest Service Headquarters History Collection, FHS has also published numerous materials documenting the history of the agency.

The Forest Service and The Greatest Good: A Centennial History

By James G. Lewis

The Forest Service and the Greatest Good: A Centennial History traces the agency’s development from its beginnings as a one-man research outfit to today’s broad-based operation of over 30,000 employees overseeing 191 million acres of public land. Richly illustrated, The Forest Service and the Greatest Good provides an entertaining and informative account of the Forest…

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The U.S. Forest Service: A History

By Harold K. Steen

With a new preface by the author, this edition of the classic history (originally published in 1976) provides a broad perspective on the Service’s administrative and policy controversies and successes. Steen updates the book with discussions of the spotted owl issue; wilderness and roadless areas; new research on habitat, biodiversity, and fire prevention; below-cost timber…

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The Conservation Diaries of Gifford Pinchot

Edited by Harold K. Steen

Diary entries of conservationist and forester Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946), describing his work as the first chief of the United States Forest Service, his relationship with President Teddy Roosevelt, his influence on forest policies and politics, and his interaction with prominent contemporaries such as botanist Charles Sargent, preservationist John Muir, and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted….

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View From the Top: Forest Service Research

By R. Keith Arnold, Murlyn B. Dickerman, and Robert E. Buckman

View From the Top features oral history interviews with three former U.S. Forest Service deputy chiefs of research regarding fire prevention, forest experiment stations, forestry research, international forestry, the Society of American Foresters, the International Society of Tropical Foresters, and the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations. ISBN softcover (9780890300497) : $13.00

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Forest Service Research: Finding Answers to Conservation’s Questions

By Harold K. Steen

Traces the early years of U.S. Forest Service research efforts, how the program strove for independence, the expansion of research efforts, and how the research has related to the environment. ISBN softcover (9780890300565) : $10.95

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The Chiefs Remember: The Forest Service 1952 – 2001

By Harold K. Steen

Excerpts from interviews with Forest Service chiefs whose tenures span fifty years. It was a half-century of rapid change and increasing controversy, marked by words that still clang with contention: wilderness, civil rights, public participation, clearcutting, ecosystem management, spotted owl, environmentalist, timber salvage. ISBN hardcover (0890300640): $29.00 / ISBN softcover (0890300631): $20.00  

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Jack Ward Thomas: The Journals of a Forest Service Chief

Edited by Harold K. Steen

Forest Service chief during the early years of the Clinton administration, Thomas kept journals of his thoughts and daily experiences. The issues Thomas dealt with lie at the heart of recent Forest Service policy and controversy, starting with President Clinton’s Timber Summit in Portland, Oregon, dealing with the spotted owl issue, and the 1994 loss…

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Proceedings of the U.S. Forest Service Centennial Congress: A Collective Commitment to Conservation

By Steven Anderson

Convened in January 2005, the U.S. Forest Service Centennial Congress was more than a birthday celebration for America’s oldest federal land management agency. It was an occasion to reflect on its past as a starting point for discussing the agency’s future. Delegates from industry, the environmental and academic communities, all sorts of user groups, and…

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Forest Management for All: State and Private Forestry in the U.S. Forest Service

By Lincoln Bramwell

Forest Service historian Lincoln Bramwell engagingly captures the branch’s history, demonstrating why, time and again, State and Private Forestry was able to overcome numerous challenges to its purpose—and at times its existence—to become the federal leader in providing and coordinating technical and financial assistance to landowners and resource managers. In doing so, says Bramwell, State…

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