Jul 22 2008
Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer (both D-Calif.) today introduced a measure to rename the North Palisade glacier peak, located in the Sierra Nevada bordering the Kings Canyon National Park and Inyo National Forest, “Brower Palisade” after the late David Brower, who some consider the father of the modern environmental movement.
“David Brower was a true champion for the environment,” Senator Feinstein said. “Our nation owes David Brower a significant debt for his role in shaping the modern environmental movement during the 1950s and 1960s. He helped to preserve vast acres of wilderness in California and across the country. And he has inspired new generations of activists to the cause of safeguarding America’s rich natural heritage. Renaming the North Palisade peak in the Sierra Nevada as ‘Brower Palisade’ will be a lasting reminder of David Brower’s leadership and invaluable contributions to the environmental community.”
“Naming the North Palisade Peak after David Brower is a fitting tribute to a man who loved the High Sierra and all of America’s wilderness,” said Senator Boxer. “David Brower was a conservationist-hero and generations will come to know of his passion and achievements. I thank Senator Feinstein for her leadership and look forward to working to pass and enact this bill.”
David Brower was the first executive director of the Sierra Club, a position he held for nearly two decades. Under his leadership, the Sierra Club helped create many units of the National Park System, including North Cascades National Park, Redwood National Park and Point Reyes National Seashore. Brower also played a significant role in drafting the Wilderness Act in 1964, which has preserved much of the Sierra Nevada, including his favorite group of peaks, the Palisades.
Following his tenure with the Sierra club, David Brower founded Friends of the Earth in 1969, co-founded the League of Conservation Voters in 1969; and founded Earth Island Institute in 1982. Brower was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize for his environmental advocacy efforts. Brower was born on July 1, 1912 and passed away on November 5, 2000.