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Jeff Ryan recently joined Matt Luppo to discuss America’s hiking trails and the contributions of America’s conservation giants, who foresaw the need to set aside a portion of public lands with the intention of keeping them forever wild.

Who was Howard Zahniser?

When I compiled  my first list of possible subjects for Voices of the Wilderness episodes, some names jumped right into the mix – Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Edward Abbey, Rachel Carson and Aldo Leopold. Then I started digging into the USFWS archive material at […]

Episode One – Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold was a visionary forester, wilderness advocate, watershed expert and pioneer in land restoration. His life’s work culminated in the development of a “land ethic”, one that encouraged us to look at land not as a commodity, but a community to which we belong. […]

Aldo Leopold and The Birth of the Land Ethic

Aldo Leopold was one of the most talented and important contributors to America’s conservation movement. In the 1920s, he successfully lobbied for the creation of the first wilderness area in the world. In the 1930s, he established the field of game management by championing the […]

Rachael Carson

Widely known for her groundbreaking book Silent Spring, Rachel Carson honed her craft working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This episode is currently in production.