NOLS Awards Louisa Willcox Alumni Achievement
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - August 14, 1998--On August 14, 1998,
at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, the National Outdoor
Leadership School awarded it's Alumni Achievement Award
to Louisa Willcox. The award honors an alumnus who has made
lasting and positive impacts in outdoor recreation or conservation.
Willcox attended a three week NOLS winter course in 1972.
In 1974 she participated in the very selective NOLS instructors
course and then worked for the school for nine years.
In 1985 Willcox became the first program director of the
Greater Yellowstone Coalition and helped coin the phrase "Greater
Yellowstone Ecosystem". Willcox contributed to the
public's increasing understanding of the importance of ecosystems
rather than political boundaries when making environmental
Willcox serves on the board of the Wildlands Project, Wildland
CPR, Wildlife Tracks and the Yellowstone to Yukon Project.
She is currently the coordinator of the Sierra Club Grizzly
Bear Ecosystem Project.
During acceptance of the award Willcox thanked NOLS for
introducing her to the wilderness that she now works to
protect. Willcox urged the audience to educate themselves
concerning the many environmental challenges which face
our remaining wildlands, and to be active in their protection.
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