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David Brower (1912-2000)

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David Brower, the Sierra Club's first Executive Director, redefined American conservation, recreation, and environmental activism.

Courtesy Earth Island Institute
David Brower Timeline
Follow along with our timeline of photos and events from Brower's life.

Video: Wilderness Alps of Stehekin
Watch Brower's 1957 filmed exploration of the Northern Cascades of Washington.


Pursuit in the Alps
Brower served in the 10th Mountain Division during World War II. He wrote about the experience in the Sierra Club Bulletin in December, 1946.

Grand Canyon Battle Ads
Brower writes about the Sierra Club's ad campaign to save the Grand Canyon in the 1960s.


Memories of a Conservation Giant
John de Graaf of the Earth Island Institute recalls the most influential environmentalist of the 20th century.

Q&A with Kenneth Brower
Read our interview with David's son, Kenneth, who has released a new book The Wildness Within: Remembering David Brower.


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