The Wilderness Writings of Howard Zahniser (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics) (Paperback)

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The Wilderness Writings of Howard Zahniser (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics) (Paperback)

By Mark W. T. Harvey (Editor), William Cronon (Foreword by)

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Howard Zahniser (1906-1964), executive secretary of The Wilderness Society and editor of The Living Wilderness from 1945 to 1964, is arguably the person most responsible for drafting and promoting the Wilderness Act in 1964. The act, which created the National Wilderness Preservation System, was the culmination of Zahniser's years of tenacious lobbying and his work with conservationists across the nation. In 1964, fifty-four wilderness areas in thirteen states were part of the system; today the number has grown to 757 areas, protecting more than a hundred million acres in forty-four states and Puerto Rico.

Zahniser's passion for wild places and his arguments for their preservation were communicated through radio addresses, magazine articles, speeches, and congressional testimony. An eloquent and often poetic writer, he seized every opportunity to make the case for the value of wilderness to people, communities, and the nation.

Despite his unquestioned importance and the power of his prose, the best of Zahniser's wilderness writings have never before been gathered in a single volume. This indispensable collection makes available in one place essays and other writings that played a vital role in persuading Congress and the American people that wilderness in the United States deserved permanent protection.

Mark Harvey is professor of history at North Dakota State University and the author of Wilderness Forever: Howard Zahniser and the Path to the Wilderness Act and A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement.
Product Details ISBN: 9780295995625
ISBN-10: 0295995629
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Pages: 248
Language: English
Series: Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics