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NCTC: Public Lecture on Facebook LIVE. Film Screening: Howard Zahniser: Champion for Wilderness with Filmmaker Jeffrey Ryan Tuesday July 7 from 7:00 to 8:00pm (EST)

  • July 07, 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

 Facebook Live: New film: Howard Zahniser: Champion for the Wilderness

On Tuesday July 7, at 7:00 p.m., author and filmmaker Jeffrey Ryan will screen his new film, Howard Zahniser: Champion for the Wilderness, online on the National Conservation Training Center Facebook page, Prior to this public talk, there will be an interview with Ryan from 6:00-6:45pm also on the NCTC Facebook page.

Howard Zahniser (1905-1964) was the primary author and lobbyist for the Wilderness Act. A writer, researcher, and radio scriptwriter for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1930-1942, he also served as Executive Secretary of The Wilderness Society, starting in 1945. For the next two decades, he was an eloquent advocate for America’s wilderness lands, dying just a few months before the Wilderness Act became law.

Maine-based author, filmmaker and speaker Jeffrey Ryan has a passion for exploring the outdoors on foot and along the dusty paths of history. His travels on thousands of miles on both America’s most famous and lesser known trails have inspired several books including Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year Hike on America’s Trail and his 2019 historical novel entitled, Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte. Ryan’s interest in the history of America’s conservation movement led him to create a video series entitled Voices of the Wilderness, in hopes of keeping in the public eye the enormous contributions of those who have advocated for the creation and protection of our wild lands. When he is not researching and writing, Ryan can be found exploring the backroads of the United States and Canada in his vintage 1985 VW camper. 

This talk is as part of NCTC’s Conservation Lecture Series, co-sponsored by The Friends of the NCTC (

For more information, please contact Mark Madison at 304.876.7276 or or visit

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