Gifford Pinchot - Conservationist

(United State Forest Service)
        Gifford Pinchot was the first Chief of the U.S. Forest Service.  He was a conservationist who believed the best way to save our natural resources was to manage them.  He believed in "the greatest good for the greatest number of people" and used that argument to push for the damming of Hetch Hetchy Valley.    As did John Muir, Pinchot loved nature and wanted to protect it from big business he feared would abuse it.

Quotes from Gifford Pinchot's autobiography on the 3 Purposes of the Conservation Policy
(Visions of the Wild, by the Department of Agriculture and Forest Service)