Carl Pope

At once America's most effective and least known wilderness advocate, Dr. Ed Wayburn, who died March 5 at 103, was not even a full-time conservationist. He was a practicing physician. Protecting our country's wild areas was a volunteer job for him.

In 1999, Ed was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton, who credited him with having saved more wilderness in the U.S. than any other living American. Always one to seize an opportunity, Ed, right after receiving the medal, turned around and began lobbying the President to save even more wilderness.

In his time, he and his wife...

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