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Bill Meadows

Board Member Emeritus


William Meadows has been active in conservation for 40 years. He served as President of The Wilderness Society from December 1996 to May 2012. During his tenure at The Wilderness Society, more than five million acres of Wilderness were added to the National Wilderness Preservation System.

In retirement, he has continued his commitment to building partnerships and bringing new constituencies into the Wilderness movement. He currently serves as an honorary member of the Governing Council and as Counselor, a senior program advisor for The Wilderness Society. He is a past Chairman of the Green Group, the Campaign for America’s Wilderness, and the Partnership Project.

He is currently on the boards of the League of Conservation Voters, the Conservation Lands Foundation, and the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) and is an emeritus member of the boards the Island Press, the Environmental Law Institute, and the Urban Libraries Council.

Bill was a founding board member of SAWS, serving as its first Chair of the Board.

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