Wilderness Activist Murie Dies at 101

Mardy Murie

Mardy Murie, wrapped in furs on her return from her honeymoon in the Alaskan wilderness in winter, January 1925. Provided by: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service © 2002 hide caption

itoggle caption Provided by: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service © 2002

Mardy Murie, a pioneering conservationist who played a pivotal role in the establishment of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, died Sunday at age 101. A vigorous lobbyist for wilderness protection, Murie helped create both the Wilderness Society and the federal Wilderness Act. Hear NPR's Howard Berkes.

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