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Book recounts passion of 1920s conservationalist

Learn more about the Northland conservationist whose name graces the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College in Ashland.

“Breath of Wilderness” by Kristin Eggerling is the story of Olson, the conservationist and teacher whose love for wild places transformed his life. He spent many years teaching and writing about natural history and ecology, but became a leader in the wilderness preservation movement in the 1920s.

Inspired by the landscapes of Wisconsin and Minnesota, Olson worked to protect wild lands across North America and helped draft the Wilderness Act of 1964. This landmark legislation is still in effect today and helped preserve countless wild areas, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the largest untouched lake land in the country.

Olson’s successful writing career, born from his devotion, spread his fervor worldwide.

This is a story of one man finding his passion and standing up for what he believed despite tremendous adversity.

The book from Fulcrum Publishing is 112 pages long and sells for $12.95.

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