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  • 1. My Role Model Mardy Murie August 18, 1902 - October 19, 2003 “Grandmother of the Conservation Movement” -Barry Lopez Alaska
  • 2. And her husband, Olaus Murie
    • 1889: Olaus Murie is born March 1 in Moorhead, Minn., to Norwegian immigrants.
    • 1902: Mardy ( Mardy ) Thomas is born Aug. 18 in Seattle, but spends most of her
    • youth in Fairbanks, Alaska. Fairbanks
    • was a booming gold rush town.
    • The two of them were truly a team!
  • 3. Mardy and Olaus begin their adult lives!
    • Olaus
    • 1912: Olaus graduates from Pacific University in Oregon, where he studied zoology and wildlife biology.
    • 1912: Olaus works as a conservation officer for the state of Oregon.
    • 1914-1917: Olaus participates in scientific explorations of Hudson Bay and Labrador, financed by the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh.
    • 1920: Olaus begins working for the U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey (now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), studying Alaskan caribou.
    • Mardy
    • 1921: Olaus and Mardy are introduced to each other by a family friend in the summer.
    • 1924: Mardy is the first woman and second person to graduate from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.
    • 1924: Olaus and Mardy marry on Aug. 19 in a log church in the small Alaskan village of Anvik.
    • 1925: First child, Martin, is born
    • July 12,1926: The couple moves to Jackson Hole, because Olaus is assigned to study the Jackson Hole elk herd.
    • 1927: Second child, Joanne, is born May 21.
    • 1931: Third child, Donald, is born Dec. 16.
  • 4. The Wilderness Society
    • 1937: Olaus and Mardy, founding member of the newly created Wilderness Society, takes a seat on the council, along with their friend and colleague Aldo Leoplold.
    • 1945: Olaus resigns from the Biological Survey to become director of the Wilderness Society.
    • When Olaus became The Wilderness Society director, Mardy spent countless hours working with him to protect our nation’s wild lands; by giving lectures, promoting legislation, and even leading a group through the Brooks Range in 1956.
    • These efforts paid off because in 1960, The Artic Wildlife Range was designated the Arctic Wildlife Refuge. Mardy describes this moment as one of the few times she ever saw her husband cry during their 39 year marriage.
  • 5. Their History in Writing 1951: Elk of North America , by Olaus, is published. 1954: A Field Guide to Animal Tracks , by Olaus, is published. 1960: Balance of Nature , illustrated by Olaus, is published. 1962: Two In the Far North , written by Mardy and illustrated by Olaus, is published.
  • 6. Writing and Making History Continues
    • 1963: Olaus dies on Oct. 21.
    • 1964: Mardy attends the signing of the Wilderness Act by President Lyndon Johnson at the White House.
    • 1966: Wapiti Wilderness , a book by Mardy and Olaus, is published.
    • 1973: Journeys to the Far North , by Olaus, is posthumously published.
    • 1973: The Endangered Species Act is passed.
    • 1977: Island Between , a fiction book by Mardy , is published.
  • 7. The Work Continues
    • After Olaus’s death Mardy continued with
    • their life's work. In 1964, President,
    • Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act
    • and presented it to Mardy and Alice Zahniser.
    • 1968, Oil was discovered under Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay. This had great implications for the Alaskan Wilderness, much like to Gold Rush at the turn of the century had. Mardy continued her work with The Sierra Club and in 1975 was invited to be the key note speaker for a National Park Service Conference in Alaska. She was also to act as a special consultant and her task was to fly around the state to evaluate areas to be included in the proposed Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. Mardy’s report and recommendations went into the congressional battle to protect Alaska.
    • 1980, December 2 nd the ANILCA bill or Alaska Lands Act was passed.
  • 8. “ The Grandmother of the American Conservation Movement”
    • 1980 by the late 80’s Mardy was recognized for the depth and perseverance of commitment to the land. Others had done much to preserve wilderness, but few approached her lifelong, constant, personal commitment. And although she shunned the spot light,
    • she was awarded the Audubon Medal, the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award, and The Wilderness Society's Bob Marshall Award, among many others. She was also the subject of countless interviews and TV, including pieces by Charles Kuralt, and National Geographic.
  • 9. The Presidential Medal of Freedom
    • In January of 1998 she
    • was honored by President
    • Clinton for being, “An
    • ordinary American that
    • had done extraordinary
    • things.”
  • 10. The Conservation Community mourned Mardy Murie
    • Mardy Murie died on October 19, 2003 at
    • her home in Moose, Wyoming.
    • Her story lives on in a book and PBS Special
    • Arctic Dance first aired on PBS in 2006