The Greatest Good - A Forest Service Centennial Film
“...where conflicting interests must be reconciled, the question will always be decided from the standpoint of the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run.”
- Gifford Pinchot, Chief Forester, 1905

film grpahic of two forest service rangers


Gifford's pioneering and fulfilling life as told through this beautifully illustrated birthday card

On Gifford Pinchot's 80th birthday in 1945, noted Forest Service architect Ellis Groben presented Pinchot with a large illustrated birthday card, depicting the significant events of his life as the "father of American conservation."

President John F. Kennedy's dedication Gifford Pinchot Institute at Grey Towers in September 1963.

The Video below has been made available by the US Forest Service and Grey Towers Heritage Association. Currently, we are offering a 5-minute video showing scenes from the celebration in September, 1963 when President John F. Kennedy accepted the gift from the Pinchot Family, of the Grey Towers estate, to the United States Forest Service.

A Lovely, Brief History of the Pinchots and their Home

One of Milford's hidden treasures, Grey Towers is birthplace to the American conservation movement. A winding driveway leads you to lush natural gardens surrounding a towering bluestone mansion, reflecting the gilded area in it's most opulent.