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The conservation movement continues to gain momentum. Many leaders embrace the efforts to conserve nature in its original form. US presidents like Truman and Roosevelt spearheaded efforts to protect land, wildlife, and even plant species. Realizing the importance of preservation and conservation, groups and individuals are purposefully labeling themselves as conservationists. They actively advocate for the awareness and action required to protect our environment. The following books should be in every conservationist’s must read collection.

The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

Few authors tell a better version of history than Timothy Egan. Previous works, such as The Worst Hard Time, offer a unique and moving account of the human struggle. The Big Burn chronicles the infamous fire of 1910. Egan expertly compares history with modern-day challenges as he reviews the effects of this disaster. He also discusses the pivotal action by then-President Roosevelt and the transformation of the US Forest Service.

Old Man and the Boy by Robert Ruark

This moving collection of articles provides a synopsis of the history of our natural environment, namely from a fishing perspective. Long-time contributor to Field and Stream, Ruark encompasses the progression of the environmental movement on a deeply personal level. Conservationists will be motivated and inspired by his stories.

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Since the first printing in 1949, this popular guide to conservationism has been well received and largely followed. This groundbreaking work introduced the concept of land ethic, which is amazing when one considers the publication date. In a progressive era America, one nature enthusiast considers the future of the land. A self-proclaimed ecologist, Leopold made a lasting impact regarding the importance of environmental intervention.

Chadwick and the Garplegrungen by Priscilla Cummings

Young conservationists will appreciate the unlikely hero, Chadwick the crab. Unable to sit back and watch the decline of his hometown environment, Chadwick escapes from the National Aquarium in Baltimore and makes a big plan. Along with some aquatic friends, he sets off to save the Chesapeake Bay. This book tackles big concerns with the condition of the Chesapeake Bay, including the decline of the blue crab and the severe increase in dangerous algae.