Former governing council member Wallace Stegner was best known as a western literary giant, but he was also a committed conservationist.
Ted Swem, a lifelong conservationist, served as member and president of the governing council at The Wilderness Society for over two decades.
Sigurd Olson, former president and governing council member of The Wilderness Society, was an American author, environmentalist and lifelong advocate for wilderness.
Olaus Murie was a renowned biologist and one of the country’s great champions of wildlife and wilderness.
Mardy Murie, “Grandmother of the Conservation Movement,” was a committed lifelong conservationist and protector of wildlife and wild lands.
Howard Zahniser was the legendary leader of The Wilderness Society who authored the original Wilderness Act.
The father of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson is a former Wilderness Society board member and counselor. After he served as governor of Wisconsin, he was a U.S. senator for 18 years.
Douglas Walker served on The Wilderness Society governing council from 1998 through 2015. He is immediate past chair of the council.
Celia Hunter, former president of The Wilderness Society, was a leader in the wilderness movement, working to save over 100 million acres of Alaskan wilderness.
Bethine Church, served on The Wilderness Society governing council from 1993-2013.
It takes hard work and dedication to ensure that American wildlands remain protected for generations to come. Learn the issues behind wilderness protection.