Too often, we make decisions based on creating favourable results in the short-term without considering how these decisions will impact the long-term.
The Pinchot family made a great fortune from lumbering and land speculation. James Pinchot regretted the damage his family’s work had done to the land. So he decided to make conservation a family affair and suggested that his son, Gifford should become a forester.
Gifford Pinchot became the first forester in the USA, after having gone to Europe for 18 months to learn how the Europeans practiced sustainable resource management.
When he returned, he became the first Chief of the United States Forest Service and partnered with Yale to train future foresters on his family’s property (The Grey Towers).
He believed that Americans needed to manage resources in a sustainable way to ensure that his children, grandchildren and generations beyond, would benefit from the beauty of nature while enjoying a sustainable economy. Pinchot knew that our very survival depends on the forests for clean air and water.
It’s amazing to me that the Pinchots were thinking about these things in the late 1800s. They set the stage for future conservationists by gathering with, and discussing a balance between conservation and economy, with some of the most prominent thinkers of their time.
Listen to the principles Gifford penned and employed in his work to ensure that future generations, not just the elite, but all people would benefit from the proper management of America’s forests:
For the greatest good, for the greatest number in the long run. Applying common sense for common problems for the common good. ~ Gifford Pinchot
Wouldn’t you agree this principle could be applied to almost anything we want to accomplish, including fundraising?
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