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Joseph Trimble Rothrock: The Father of Forestry in Pennsylvania

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Dr. Joseph Trimble Rothrock was born in Pennsylvania April 9, 1839. His interest in forestry antedated by many years the advent of the first technically trained American forester. One of that group of pioneers whose early efforts in behalf of conservation have left lasting imprints on the country's attitude towards its renewable natural resources, Dr. Rothrock was actually and literally "the father of forestry in Pennsylvania." This estimate of his character and accomplishments was written by one who knew him well and who was associated with him intimately and professionally for more than twenty years. Mr. Wirt was the first technically trained forester employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. His article commemorates the one-hundredth anniversary of Dr. Rothrock's birth.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters

Publication date: 1939-05-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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