25 Feb '12, 5pm

@Wilderness Today is Howard Zahniser's birthday, author of The Wilderness Act, former TWS leader: incredible legacy

@Wilderness Today is Howard Zahniser's birthday, author of The Wilderness Act, former TWS leader: incredible legacy

Our mission should be to build a conservation movement, not just a conservation organization. Those were the wise words of Howard Zahniser, the legendary leader of The Wilderness Society, and author of the original Wilderness Act. Zahniser led The Wilderness Society through two decades of wilderness battles and landmark accomplishments. It was a time that saw, due in large part to Zahniser's sheer persistence, the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the political maturing of The Wilderness Society. The Wilderness Act of 1964 established the National Wilderness Preservation System, which now encompasses more than 109 million acres. In the Act, Zahniser penned for the nation the essence of wilderness: A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life a...

Full article: http://wilderness.org/content/howard-zahniser

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