Doug Scott, who helped lead the efforts of The Wilderness Society and the Sierra Club to pass most of major wilderness legislation in the last 45 years, will speak Friday to the Idaho Environmental Forum.
Scott will speak at the Crystal Ballroom in the Hoff Building at the lunch meeting that begins at 11:30 a.m.
He worked closely with the late Idaho Sen. Frank Church and Idaho conservationists on campaigns to establish the River of No Return Wilderness in 1980 as well as Hells Canyon, and Gospel Hump. He is the author of several books on wilderness history and policy.
In 1997, Doug Scott received the John Muir Award, the highest honor given by the Sierra Club for lifetime achievement. He remains active in the wilderness movement today. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a law that protects 4 .5 million acres of public lands in Idaho from development, including the Selway-Bitterroot country, Craters of the Moon, Sawtooths, and Owyhee Canyonlands.