George Fell is one of the most important but under-appreciated men in the history of American conservation. He was the driving force behind the establishment of The Nature Conservancy, now the largest conservation organization in the world. It took him nearly two decades to champion the passage of the landmark Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act. Through all this and more, he sparked an entire movement to protect natural lands throughout Illinois, the United States, and ultimately the world.
Arthur Melville Pearson is the author of Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement. IEC’s Jen Walling and Sierra Club’s Jack Darin will join Arthur in discussing Fell’s legislative record at both the state and federal levels—the challenges he encountered and overcame (or not), and how the necessary compromises both benefit and challenge us today.
Arthur Melville Pearson is the Director, Chicago Program for the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. He has written extensively about conservation issues for the likes of Chicago Wilderness, The Wetlands Initiative, Illinois Steward, Outdoor Illinois and numerous other publications. For more information, visit his website. To order the book, visit the University of Wisconsin Press, Amazon or any other online bookseller.