2006 Lecture

“Will the U.S. Forest Service Celebrate a Bicentennial?: The Remarkable History of and Future Challenges Facing a Resource Agency”

by Dr. Char Miller

With the 2006 Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lectureship in Forest and Conservation History Dr. Char Miller, Professor of History, Trinity University, examines the central administrative, legal, and political tensions the U.S. Forest Service has long confronted and evaluates the key environmental challenges the agency and the national will face over the next century. During the 2005 Forest Service centennial, Dr. Miller traveled the nation speaking about Forest Service history. This talk explores links between the agency’s past, present, and future and suggests what this remarkable organization must do to adapt to the immense difficulties that lie ahead. The lecture was held on November 9, 2006, in the White Lecture Hall on Duke University’s East Campus.

Char Miller is professor and chair of the history department at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism, which received the following awards: 2003 Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Book Award, Forest History Society; 2002 Independent Publishers Association Biography Prize; 2002 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography; ForeWord Magazine’s Gold Award for Biography; and the Connecticut Center for the Book Biography Prize, 2002. He is co-author of The Greatest Good: 100 Years of Forestry in America, and editor of Fluid Arguments: Five Centuries of Western Water Conflict and On the Border: An Environmental History of San Antonio. Miller specializes in American environmental, social, and cultural history. He was named a Piper Professor for teaching excellence in 2002. Miller has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University, is a Senior Fellow of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Environmental History, Pacific Historical Review, and the Trinity University Press.

The Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lectureship in Forest and Conservation History is sponsored by the Forest History Society, the Duke University Department of History, and the Nicholas School of the Environment.

For more information please contact Dr. James Lewis, Forest History Society historian, at (919) 682-9319.