Women in Conservation Leadership Community Invited to National Wildlife Federation Annual Meeting Opening Session
This year Terry Tempest Williams will be speaking with NWF Board Member Bri Jones Rich about her latest book and her work on conservation. Gloria Tom, Director of the Navajo Nation Fish and Wildlife Department, will also be speaking and doing a national indigenous lands acknowledgment.The NWF Annual Meeting is typically a closed event but we are opening this session exclusively to WCL community members.
Terry Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. She has testified before Congress, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses and worked as “a barefoot artist” in Rwanda. Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place as well as numerous other books. Her book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, honored the centennial of the National Park Service, was a New York Times bestseller, and also won the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association 2016 Reading the West Book Award. Her new book is Erosion: Essays of Undoing. Along with receiving a NWF Conservation Achievement Award in 1993, Williams has been awarded for her conservation leadership by The Wilderness Society, the Western American Literature Association, The Center for the American West, Sierra Club, Audubon Society, and many other organizations. Williams is currently writer-in-residence at the Harvard Divinity School. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change. She divides her time between Castle Valley, Utah, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.