Cecil D. Andrus

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"The former Idaho Governor and Secretary of the Interior serves as the volunteer chairman of the Center. Elected governor four times in three decades, Andrus is the only governor in Idaho’s history to be so honored by its citizens. In addition, he served a full term as Secretary of the Interior during the presidency of Jimmy Carter. Andrus long ago established a national reputation as a “common-sense conservationist,” one that could find common ground among the often-conflicting demands on our national resources. That reputation resulted in part from his pivotal roles in the passage of the Alaska Lands Act and the National Surface Mining Act of 1977 and from the creation of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, the Snake River Birds of Prey Area, and the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area... Andrus has won every major environmental award, including the William Penn Mott Park Leadership Award from the National Parks Conservation Association, Conservationist of the Year from the National Wildlife Federation, the Ansel Adams Award from the Wilderness Society, the Audubon Medal, and the Torch of Liberty award from B'Nai Brith."[1]


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  1. Andrus Center for Public Policy Cecil D. Andrus, organizational web page, accessed January 1, 2013.
  2. Conservation Lands Foundation Board, organizational web page, accessed January 1, 2013.