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Adolph Murie
Birth: Sep. 6, 1899
Moorhead
Clay County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Aug. 16, 1974
Moose
Teton County
Wyoming, USA

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Adolph Murie was an
important voice in
preserving wild nature
in the United States's
National Parks.

Murie's voice is still
echoing today...

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After visiting
MOUNT MCKINLEY NATIONAL PARK
in Alaska as a 22 year-old
college student, Murie was
moved to pursue his doctoral
degree in biology. He did a
many wildlife studies for the
Park Service in a range of
parks. His most significant
work was his landmark
observations of wolves in
their natural habitat at
Mount McKinley.

Murie concluded wolves were
not a scourge on the landscape.

Murie made a serious call
for wolves to be protected,
NOT EXTERMINATED.
This declaration made him unpopular,
even within the Park Service itself.
He persevered and after a period of
time and understanding, many of
Murie's proposals were adopted.

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In the 1950-60s, Adolph Murie
objected to the construction
of a paved roadway into
MOUNT MCKINLEY NATIONAL PARK
and the proposal of a hotel
with gas station near
WONDER LAKE.
He won a partial victory when
the Park Service only paved
the 13 miles and abandoned the
plans for the hotel and other
proposed construction.

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**Murie's half-brother OLAUS,
also a biologist,
was an important figure in
American Conservation.
He served as a Director of
the WILDERNESS SOCIETY
and presented an instrumental
role in the creation of the
ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
along with the passage of
the WILDERNESS ACT.

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**Olaus' wife, MARDY,
was his full partner
in the conservation efforts
and carried on following
her husband's demise.
Her work is well known and
respected. She fought for
establishment of the
ALASKA parks in the late
1970s.

She was awarded a
PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM
by President Bill Clinton.

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* THE MURIE CENTER in
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK,
created from 'a ranch property'
given to the park service by
the families of the Murie brothers,
continues their conservation work
into the future.

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* On August 16, 2004,
THE MURIE SCIENCE AND
LEARNING CENTER
in DENALI NATIONAL PARK
was officially opened and
dedicated to ADOLPH MURIE.
This location honors his
work to enlarge and protect
national parks and their
important wildlife populations.

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**MEMORIAL WORDS **

"Let us be GUARDIANS
instead of GARDNERS"

BY - Adolph Murie

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This biography is
humbly presented by
Audrey Burtrum-Stanley / Arkansas

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Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Louise Gillette MacLeod (1912 - 2012)*
 
 Children:
  Adolph Murie (1938 - 1938)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
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Record added: Oct 01, 2009
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Thank you for your work with the National Park Service.
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