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For Immediate Release:
March 8th, 2010

Contact: David Willett, 202-675-6698

 

Edgar Wayburn, Dies at 103
A Towering Figure in the Modern Conservation Movement

San Francisco, CA: Honary Sierra Club President and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, Dr. Edgar Wayburn died late Friday night at his home in San Francisco in the presence of his family. He was 103.

The following is a letter from Sierra Club Deputy Executive Director, Bruce Hamilton, followed by a biography of Dr. Wayburn:

"Ed Wayburn was one of the towering figures on the national and world stage of conservation. He was the 20th Century John Muir."

"Ed would take a vision such as protecting 100 million acres of Alaska or protecting the Marin Headlands as a national park and run with it until he accomplished what seemed impossible. He enlisted the help of Presidents, Cabinet members, powerful members of Congress, mayors, and millions of Americans and would not take no for an answer. This is why he is credited by President Clinton as 'the man who saved more wilderness and parks in the United States than any other American.' "

"When you or your grandchildren marvel at the wilderness in Redwood National Park, Alaska, or the Marin Headlands you will be witnessing the living legacy of Ed Wayburn. It is his lasting gift to all of us."

A longer tribute and bio of Dr. Wayburn celebrating his 100th birthday is available here.


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