Saturday, December 26, 2009

Henry Edward Clepper 1901-1987

Per the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Henry Edward Clepper was "born March 21, 1901 in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State Forest Academy, Mont Alto (subsequently a unit of Pennsylvania State University), B.F. 1921. He entered the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters, in which he was employed for 15 years, first as field forester and later as assistant chief of the Bureau of Research and Education; then followed a year as information specialist in the Washington, D.C. office of the United States Forest Service. In 1937 he was appointed executive secretary of the Society of American Foresters; except for a two-year leave of absence with the War Production Board during World War II, he served in this position and as managing editor of the Journal of Forestry for 28 years. He helped establish the Society’s quarterly journal Forest Science in 1955 and the research series Forest Science Monographs in 1959. Since his retirement in March 1966 he has written a chronicle of American forestry under the sponsorship of the Forest History Society, Inc. Author of more than 100 articles and bulletins on forestry and related resources, many historical in nature. Editor and co-author of Forestry Education in Pennsylvania, 1957; co-editor and co-author of America’s Natural Resources, 1967; American Forestry--Six Decades of Growth, 1960; editor and co-author of Careers in Conservation, 1963, and of Origins of American Conservation, 1966; co-author of The World of the Forest, 1965; editor of Leaders in American Conservation, 1971; and author of Forestry in America, in press. From 1957 to 1965, he was an adviser to the Forestry Committee of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations of the FAO Council’s biennial conferences in Rome. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters and in 1957 was recipient of its Gifford Pinchot Medal. In 1965 he received the award of American Forest Products Industries, Inc. for distinguished service to forestry. Henry E. Clepper died March 26, 1987 in Washington, DC at the age of 86."

Source: Leaders of American Conservation. Henry Clepper. Natural Resources Council of America. 1971.

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