Books: A Forester’s Legacy


This book is a biography of a local gentleman who was kind of a pioneer in forest management with the state forest service. He invented our state “conservation areas” by donating 350 acres of his own land to the state.

It’s always weird to read a biography of a guy who’s still living, and this one gushes with glowing adoration. The author obviously looks at Ibberson as a hero. You’d think the guy never made an enemy or a mistake in his whole life.

I’m not saying that Ibberson isn’t a hero, he is, but I don’t think it’s the mark of a good biographer to have things so one-sided.

Nonetheless, there’s some good history about the early days of the forestry service, including some political intrigue such as when Penn State took over the Forestry Academy at Mont Alto and caused a nasty schism between rangers trained at Mont Alto and those from Penn State.

Pretty dorky reading, to be sure, but I like that kind of thing.

I give A Forester’s Legacy 3 Jihadis out of 5

3 Jihadis out of 5

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