National Audubon Society activist and HCN subscriber Hazel Wolf stole the show at the Great Old Broads for Wilderness conference in Escalante, Utah, last month.
few months past her 100th birthday, Wolf traveled from Seattle to
give a campfire talk about the great women in her life. "When I was
5, I asked my cousin, "Am I pretty?" She looked at me and said,
"Hazel, you look very, very intelligent." That settled the question
for me," she told the group. "I never wanted to look pretty, I only
wanted to look intelligent, all because of what my cousin told me
95 years ago."
The soft-spoken Wolf also
credited her daughter, now 80, with teaching her kindness. "Now, I
don't think I would even holler at Newt Gingrich if I met him, but
don't be too sure," she said.
Wolf, a native of
British Columbia, founded more than 20 chapters of the Audubon
Society - a record for the organization - and co-founded the
Community Coalition for Environmental Justice in
The Boulder-based Great Old Broads
group, organized in 1989, is determined to demonstrate that
roadless wild places aren't just for 20-somethings. Although their
members are mostly older women, younger women
(-broads-in-training') and men are welcome to join:
Extraterrestrial wilderness explorer John Glenn was just made an
For more information about the
group and its annual "Broadwalk" conference, contact Kelly Milliman
at 303/697-7161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.