"The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders."

Edward Abbey

Doug Scott, Policy Director of the Campaign for America’s Wilderness, is one of the nation’s leading wilderness historians and experts on the U.S. wilderness movement. He has been involved in the passage of most major wilderness protection laws in the last 40 years, including the Eastern Wilderness Areas Act (1975), Endangered American Wilderness Act (1978), Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (1980), and the newest – the Omnibus Public Land Management Act (2009) – which protected more than two million acres across nine states.

As a graduate forestry student at the University of Michigan, Doug served with Sen. Gaylord Nelson on the board of the group that organized the first Earth Day. He helped shape strategy and led campaigns at The Wilderness Society and the Sierra Club (where he served as national Conservation Director and Associate Executive Director).

Doug is the author of:

  • The Enduring Wilderness:
    Protecting Our Natural Heritage through the Wilderness Act

    (Fulcrum Books, 2004)
  • Our Wilderness: America’s Common Ground
    (Fulcrum Books, 2009).

He is a board member and past chairman of The Wilderness Land Trust.
In 1997 the Sierra Club presented Doug its highest honor, the John Muir Award.





Doug Scott
Campaign for America's Wilderness