Roderick Nash

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"Professor Emeritus of History and Environmental Studies. Chairman, Environmental Studies Program, 1970-1975, 1992-1993. University of California, Santa Barbara.

"A national leader in the field of environmental history and management and environmental education, Dr. Nash has a special interest in problems re­lating to wilderness and its preserva­tion. He played a leading role in Santa Barbara's response to the oil spill of 1969, writing the internationally publicized Santa Bar­bara Declaration of Environmental Rights. In 1970 Dr. Nash led the way in the creation of a problem-oriented, interdisciplinary major called Environ­mental Studies at UCSB. He chaired the program for five years. Recognized as one of the first and most comprehensive under­graduate programs of its kind, Environmental Studies has graduated more than 3000 students.

"Roderick Nash is considered America's foremost wilderness historian. Among his ten books and over 150 essays, Professor Roderick Frazier Nash is best known for Wilderness and the American Mind, which has received many reprintings, revised editions, and foreign translations.

"Dr. Nash, a past Lindbergh Fellow, serves on the editorial boards of the following publications: Journal of Environmental Education, Environmental Review, Journal of Ameri­can Culture, Environmen­tal Ethics, and Pacific Historical Review. He is associate editor of the International Journal of Wilderness, and teaches on occasion for the Aspen Institute. He has been president of the Wilderness Public Rights Fund and has helped direct the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, the Yosemite Institute, the American Studies Association, the Southern Utah Wilder­ness Association. He has served the Rockefeller Foundation as a consul­tant on global environmental problems. He is presently a member of Harvard University's Committee on the Environment.

"His lecture "The Meaning of Wilderness and the Rights of Nature," is in wide demand from historical and environmental audiences." [1]

Selected Publications:

Wilderness and the American Mind. Yale University Press, 1967.

The American Environment: Readings in the History of Conservation. Addison-Wesley, 1968.

The Call of the Wild 1900-1916. 1970.

Environment and Americans: The Problem of Priorities. 1972.

The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics. University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.

American Environmentalism: Readings in Conservation History. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 1990.

The Big Drops: Ten Legendary Rapids of the American West. Johnson Books, 1989.

The Nervous Generation: American Thought, 1917-1930. Ivan R Dee, Inc, 1990.

Nash, Roderick, Gregory Graves. From These Beginnings: A Biographical Approach to American History, Volume II, 6/e. Addison-Wesley, 1995.

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  1. John Davis, Apply the Brakes, accessed September 13, 2010.
  2. Advisory Board, Restore Hetch Hetchy, accessed October 2, 2011.