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An Enduring Legacy | SSC’s Ackoff Wins Youth Award | McCloskey Honored | A Warming Trend

An Enduring Legacy

Margaret Murie, known to many as the "Grandmother of the Conservation Movement," died 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 in Fairbanks. 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, Murie was 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 Bonnie Kreps.

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 in September, recognizes the achievements of environmental activists ages 13 to 22. Ackoff, 18, of Claremont, California, directed a Fair Trade Campaign for the SSC, 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.

McCloskey Honored

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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—Tom Valtin

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