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About Goddard

Who is Goddard?

The program takes inspiration from Pennsylvania’s rich history of environmental achievement. Maurice K. Goddard served five Governors as Secretary of Forest and Waters and as the founding Secretary of the Department of Environmental Resources (1955-1979). His lasting legacy includes a commitment to professionalism and civil service, “a state park within 25 miles of every Pennsylvanian” policy, dedicated funding for natural resource conservation, and a strong influence on national conservation policy. His leadership example conveys to our young leaders a commitment to strong conservation values and good government.

The Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute is endorsed by the Goddard Legacy Project, a collaborative effort to celebrate the accomplishments of Maurice K. Goddard and the rededicate all Pennsylvanians to his vision and values for the conservation of our natural resources. Launched in 2009, Goddard Legacy Project partners include the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation, witf, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, and the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals.

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 For more information on Maurice Goddard, check out this video documentary.

           Watch The Life of Maurice Goddard on PBS. See more from WITF.