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Papers of Joseph Trimball Rothrock, MD

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Joseph Trimble Rothrock, M.D., Botanist, 1919. Courtesy Library of Congress.


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Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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Joseph Trimbel Rothrock (1839 - 1922) was an American environmentalist, recognized as the "Father of Forestry" in Pennsylvania. In 1895, Rothrock was appointed the first forestry commissioner to lead the newly formed Division of Forestry in the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Two of his major accomplishments as commissioner were his land acquisition program and the creation of a forest academy to train foresters for state service.


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