National Wilderness Conference Keynote Speaker: Doug Scott, historian
Doug found his vocation at the School of Natural Resources, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in forestry in 1966. A trip to the wilderness of Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior changed his life; he found himself testifying the National Park Service's field hearing on their inadequate preliminary wilderness recommendation for the park, met a mentor from The Wilderness Society, and never looked back. On the basis of his academic research and his own practical experience, Doug wrote and The Enduring Wilderness: Protecting Our Natural Heritage Through the Wilderness Act and Our Wilderness: America's Common Ground, both published by Fulcrum Books. He serves on the board of The Wilderness Land Trust and chairs the board of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance. Doug says that he was extraordinarily fortunate to come into the wilderness movement at a time when the staffs of the national organizations were tiny and the lobbying demands so great that he became a frontline wilderness lobbyist from day one. "To work with champions of the Wilderness Act itself, in the advocacy groups and on the Hill, was the greatest privilege of my life."