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An Enduring Legacy
Margaret Murie, known to many as the "Grandmother of the Conservation
on October 19 at her home in Moose, Wyoming, at the age of 101. A passionate
advocate for wild places and a prolific writer, "Mardy" played
a critical role in protecting America’s wilderness lands. Born in Seattle,
in 1924 she became the first woman to graduate from the University of Alaska
That year, she married naturalist Olaus Murie, and the duo promptly departed
on a caribou research expedition, mushing their way across the Arctic. The
story of that wilderness honeymoon is told in Murie’s book, "Two
In the Far North."
The couple settled in Wyoming, where their work inspired such figures as
David Brower and Howard Zahniser. At the signing of the Alaska Lands Act,
personally commended by President Jimmy Carter. Three years later, she
was awarded the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award, and in 1998, President Bill Clinton
bestowed upon her the Medal of Freedom for her dedication to the cause of preserving
nature. Murie’s life is the subject of a documentary, "Arctic Dance:
The Mardy Murie Story," a Sierra Club presentation by Wyoming filmmaker
SSC’s Ackoff Wins Youth Award
Rachel Ackoff of the Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) has won a Brower
Youth Award from the Earth Island Institute. The award, presented
the achievements of environmental activists ages 13 to 22. Ackoff,
18, of Claremont, California, directed a Fair Trade Campaign for
organizing a series of
trainings around the country for activists working for a global trade
system that protects the needs of both workers and the environment.
In September, former Sierra Club Executive Director Michael McCloskey
received an IUCN (World Conservation Union) Fred Packard Award
for his outstanding
contributions to world conservation. The award is named after the
late husband of former Sierra
Club Board of Directors member Jean Packard.
A Warming Trend
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To view the full selection of Sierra Club apparel, go to www.sierraclubgear.com.
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