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Jeffrey H. Ryan Hiker Author Photographer Speaker Podcaster Director

Howard Zahniser

My latest video, Howard Zahniser: Champion for the Wilderness highlights one of the least known and most influential conservation pioneers in American history. “Zahnie”, as he was known, gave everything he had to will the Wilderness Act of 1964 to passage. His efforts led to the protection of over 100 million acres of American wilderness. Zahniser’s son, Edward, graciously sat down with me to help keep the story alive.

I extend heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Mark Madison and his colleagues at the National Conservation Training Center, home of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and their national archive of conservation-related materials. All have been instrumental in helping me bring my series to fruition.

You can learn more about the series and view the films at VoicesOfTheWilderness.com. Please let me know what you think.