History of Environmental Science in the United States

Timeline created by samdlugoss
In History
  • Plymouth Colony Law

    Plymouth Colony Law
    The Plymouth Colony passes a law restricting the cutting and selling of timber.
  • Newport, Rhode Island Law

    Newport, Rhode Island Law
    The people of Newport, Rhode Island pass a law restricting deer hunting to six months of the year.
  • William Penn

    William Penn declares that one acre of land should remain forested for every five acres which are cut.
  • Yellowstone

    The first national park, Yellowstone, is established.
  • American Forests

    American Forests
    American Forests is founded with the intention of preserving forests and our planet. Originally known as the American Forestry Association and lead by John Aston Warder.
  • Appalachian Mountain Club

    Appalachian Mountain Club
    The Appalachian Mountain Club is founded in Boston by Edward Pickering and 33 others to promote the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of mountains, forests, and trails in the Appalachian region.
  • Boone and Crockett Club

    Boone and Crockett Club
    The Boone and Crockett Club is founded to promote the conservation and management of wildlife, especially big game.
  • Creative Act

    Creative Act
    Congress passes the Creative Act, converting a portion of publicly owned forests into protected forest reserves.
  • Forest Reserve Act

    Forest Reserve Act
    The Forest Reserve Act converts forest reserves established in the Creative Act into national forests and charges their managers with the task of improving and protecting the nation's supplies of wood and water.
  • Sierra Club

    Sierra Club
    The Sierra Club is founded by John Muir to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.
  • American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society

    American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society
    The American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society is founded by Andrew Haswell Green as "as a national organization of men and women for the protection of natural scenery and the preservation of historic landmarks in city or country...."
  • Woodcraft Indians

    Woodcraft Indians
    Ernest Thompson Seton founds the Woodcraft Indians in Connecticut in order to preserve the wilderness knowledge of Native Americans.
  • Ernest Thompson Seton Speaks in Congress

    Seton speaks before the U.S. Congress in favor of legislation, authored by William T. Hornaday, which protects migratory birds.
  • Sons of Daniel Boone

    Sons of Daniel Boone
    Daniel Carter Beard founds the Sons of Daniel Boone, which teaches boys about nature, conservation, and outdoorsmanship.
  • Forest Service

    Forest Service
    The Bureau of Forestry becomes the Forest Service due to a handover to the Department of Agriculture.
  • Study of the Effects of Industrial Wastes on Fish

    Study of the Effects of Industrial Wastes on Fish
    M.C. Marsh publishs a study showing the effects of industrial waste on fish.
  • Boy Scouts of America

    Boy Scouts of America
    Seton and Beard merge their organizations into the Boy Scouts of America, founded by William D. Boyce.
  • National Park Service

    National Park Service
    Congress establishes the National Park Service to care for and maintain national parks.
  • Izaak Walton League of America

    Izaak Walton League of America
    The Izaak Walton League of America is founded by avid anglers to converse, maintain, protect, and restore the world's natural resources.
  • Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Act of 1960

    Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Act of 1960
    The Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Act of 1960 establishes multiple-use management of forests.
  • Silent Spring

    Silent Spring
    Silent Spring SummaryRachel Carson publishes Silent Spring, a book about the environmental hazards posed by the use of DDT.
  • First Earth Day

    First Earth Day
    The first Earth Day is celebrated, sparking an environmental movement in the United States and leading to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.E.P.A.), the Council on Environmental Quality, and a number of state and local environmental agencies.
  • New York Audubon Society

    New York Audubon Society
    The New York Audubon Society is founded to conserve and restore natural ecosystems in the state of New York.