Rosalie Edge (1877-1962) was the first American woman to achieve national renown as a conservationist. Passionate, outspoken and often controversial, Edge did not join the conservation movement until her early fifties, however her legacy of achievements forms a crucial link between the eras defined by John Muir and Rachel Carson. An early voice against the indiscriminate use of toxins and pesticides, Edge reported evidence about the dangers of DDT 14 years before Carson's Silent Spring was published. Today, Edge is most widely remembered for establishing Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the world's first refuge for birds of prey, in 1934. Hawk Mountain was cited in Silent Spring as an "especially significant" source of data.
Dyana Furmansky's articles on environmental subjects and the culture of the American West have appeared in the New York Times, Audubon Magazine, American Heritage, High Country News, Wilderness and many other publications. In 1986 she was part of the High Country News reporting team that won the George Polk award for Environmental Reporting. She is co-author of These American Lands: Parks, Wilderness and the Public Land with T.H. Watkins. Rosalie Edge received a 2009 Wormsloe Foundation Nature Award and the 2010 Colorado Book Award.
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