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Field Day
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Forestry students watching a water activity, Field Day 1918

As this new breed of “science-based” foresters moved into positions of influence, Roth came closer to his dream of bringing responsible forest management to Michigan, as well as to the country as a whole.

Roth’s vision—and the department he led for 20 years—embodied the core values that would define the future school throughout the 20th century and into the next: an education rooted in science, reinforced by field-based learning, and driven by a commitment to the public good.