George Meléndez Wright: The Fight for Wildlife and Wilderness in the National Parks, with Jerry Emory
A free webinar presented by the California Historical Society
Conservationist and writer Jerry Emory talks about his biography of George Meléndez Wright, the first Hispanic person to occupy a professional position in the National Park Service (NPS). Wright brought new ideas to the NPS and forever changed how the agency would manage public lands and natural resources.
• Wildlife Conservation
• National Park Service
• California History
• Hispanic Heritage
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 17, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The California Historical Society’s latest program presents the life and work of George Meléndez Wright, a visionary biologist whose groundbreaking ideas regarding wildlife and science revolutionized national parks. Conservationist and writer Jerry Emory discusses his recently published book, George Meléndez Wright: The Fight for Wildlife and Wilderness in the National Parks, the first biography of Wright.
Twenty-three-year-old George Meléndez Wright arrived in Yosemite National Park in 1927 to work as a ranger-naturalist. He went on to become a visionary biologist who brought new ideas to his role at the National Park Service (NPS), organizing the first science-based wildlife survey of the western parks and forever changing how the agency would manage public lands and natural resources. Wright was also the first Hispanic person to occupy a professional position in the NPS, and he continues to be a celebrated figure among conservationists, wildlife experts, and park managers.
Emory draws on hundreds of letters, field notes, archival materials, interviews, and more to present a celebration of Wright’s unique contributions to American conservation as well as a historical account of a crucial period in the evolution of US parks and the wilderness movement.
EVENT DETAILS: The free program is live via Zoom, on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. (PST). Information and registration: https://tinyurl.com/Melendez-Wright
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jerry Emory is the author of six books, including San Francisco Bay Shoreline Guide and Monterey Bay Shoreline Guide. His work has appeared in National Geographic Magazine, Pacific Discovery/California Wild, Nature Conservancy Magazine, Travel & Leisure, and numerous other publications.
SOURCE California Historical Society