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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Celebrating 90 Years. Polly Dyer

Posted by: Michael Lanthier

Polly Dyer has been a leading conservation activist in the Pacific Northwest for over half a century. At The Mountaineers clubhouse over 200 people joined to celebrate her 90th birthday.



Polly has been a prominent figure in virtually every major campaign to protect wilderness in the state of Washington. She is one of the grassroots activists whose tireless efforts resulted in the passage of the Wilderness Act which has led to the protection of over 100 million acres of wilderness over the past four decades. She played a major role in the designation of Glacier Peak Wilderness in the 1960’s, and in the creation of the North Cascades National Park in 1964.

Polly currently presides over the Olympic Coast Alliance, which is dedicated to protecting the land and sea interface that is encompassed by the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Polly is passionate about wildlife, particularly wolves, and is currently serving on the wolves working committee, coordinated through the North Cascades Conservation Council, a group she co-founded over fifty years ago.

In honor of her great work and dedication, both King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn made a Proclamation that February 13 is Polly Dyer Day! Also, in recognition of the body of Polly’s life work, Congressman Jay Inslee made a statement on the floor of the House of Representatives. That statement is now a part of the Congressional Record.

Happy Birthday Polly and we look forward to many more years of your enthusiastic support and dedication to protecting Washington's wild places for generations to enjoy.

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