Force of Nature
George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement
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Force of Nature reveals how a failed civil servant, with few assets apart from his tenacity and vision, initiated the natural areas movement. In the boom years following World War II, as undeveloped lands were being mined, drained, or bulldozed, Fell transformed a loose band of ecologists into The Nature Conservancy, drove the passage of the influential Illinois Nature Preserves Act, and helped spark allied local and national conservation organizations in the United States and beyond.
Praise For Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement…
"George Fell sparred with fellow naturalists and politicians to bring into being organizations that are models for today's worldwide conservation efforts. Pearson documents this extraordinary life with a wide range of sources, including interviews over two decades with both Fell's partners and his doubters." —James Ballowe, author of A Man of Salt and Tree
University of Wisconsin Press, 9780299312305, 216pp.
Publication Date: April 18, 2017