SALISBURY, MD---When it comes to environmental policy, Doug Scott runs hot and cold.
That’s not a statement on his demeanor; the renowned wilderness advocate has been involved in enacting more than half a dozen state and federal environmental laws, from the California Desert Protection Act to the Alaska National Interest Lands Conversation Act.
Scott speaks about his 30-plus years as a wilderness advocate and what residents can do to help protect fragile ecosystems during two talks on “The Enduring Wilderness: Preserving America’s Common Ground” 3:30 and 7 p.m. Thursday, September 11, at Salisbury University.
His 3:30 p.m. talk, in the Bellavance Honors House, marks the first installment of this year’s Mind Shrapnel ’n’ Cookies lecture series, sponsored by the Thomas E. Bellavance Honors Program. His 7 p.m. talk is in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall.
Serving the Sierra Club for 17 years as conservation director and associate executive director, Scott has played an instrumental part in helping to preserve many of the United States’ natural landscapes and the wildlife within. Formerly working with The Wilderness Society, he is now the policy director for the Campaign for America’s Wilderness, based in Seattle.
In 2004, his book, The Enduring Wilderness: Preserving America’s Common Ground, drew critical acclaim from environmentalists and celebrities alike. Wilderness Society President William Meadows called the book “an essential volume for everyone who wants to help save an enduring resource of wilderness.” Actor Christopher Reeve called it “a must for ordinary citizens who care about saving our wilderness heritage for future generations.” Author Kurt Vonnegut offered a simpler review: “Holy, holy, holy.”
Sponsored by the Environmental Issues Program, Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts, History Department and Bellavance Honors Program, admission to Scott’s talks are free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.