Nevada Resident Receives National Sierra Club Award
SAN FRANCISCO Sept. 23, 2000 Reno resident Marjorie Sill was among those
receiving national awards from the Sierra Club this year. Sill received the William Colby
Award, which honors an individual for outstanding leadership, dedication and service to
the Sierra Club.
Sill has been a wilderness advocate for more than 40 years. She helped work for passage
of the Wilderness Act in 1964, a landmark bill that for the first time ever gave
legislative protection to roadless undeveloped areas and set up the National Wilderness
Preservation System. More recently, she was involved with the Nevada Wilderness Act of
1989, which brought nearly a million acres of Forest Service lands into the National
Wilderness Preservation System; and the California Desert Protection Act of 1994, which
increased the levels of protection on 9 million acres of land by creating two national
parks, one national preserve and 69 Bureau of Land Management wilderness areas.
A teacher by profession, Sill also helped found the Friends of Nevada Wilderness and
helped get Nevadas only national park, Great Basin National Park, designated in
"Nevada and all the west is the wilder for Marge Sill," said Vicky Hoover,
wilderness chair of the Sierra Clubs California/Nevada Regional Conservation
Committee. "When even Sierra Club members thought of Nevada only as a place to cross
when travelling between California and Utah, Marge was a voice in the wilderness pointing
out that Nevada was the countrys most mountainous state, with a high amount of
biodiversity and the greatest wilderness potential in the west."
"Marge has inspired a generation of new activists to carry on the work of
preserving the wildlands of Eastern California and the state of Nevada," said Ed
Wayburn, Honorary President of the Sierra Club.
The Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 by John Muir, is the countrys oldest
and largest grassroots environmental organization. It currently has more than 600,000
members. For more information on the club, visit its Web site at http://www.sierraclub.org.