Michael Frome, described paul pritchard as one of
the most influential conservationists of modern times. The
Smithsonian Institution recognized him in its book, . Pritchard’s achievements blanket
the fifty states and reach around the world. He has been a
significant force in the addition of over half of America’s
national parks, the first estuarine and marine sanctuaries,
state heritage programs, the saving of Canada’s St.
Catherine Islands, the protection of China’s national parks
and the fight for the Earth’s delicate climate.
He founded National Park Trust, the only land conservancy
dedicated exclusively to protecting America’s national
parklands. From 1980 to 1997, he was President of National
Parks and Conservation Association, increasing the
organization’s membership from 23,000 to more than 500,000,
and the annual budget from $434,000 to nearly $19,000,000.
He created the March for the Parks, the
world’s largest annual Earth Day event in 1990. As the
founding chair of the Climate Institute, and a founder of
both the U.S. Green Group and also Friends of China’s
National Parks, Paul Pritchard has achieved a “legacy of
conservation firsts,” said Fordham Law School.
A decorated career officer in the US Department of the
Interior, Pritchard also chaired a Presidential task force
and was instrumental in the addition of Alaska national park
He has published more than 100 articles and was selected to
write the definition of ‘national park’ for Houghton
Mifflin’s Encyclopedia of the Environment. Pritchard
authored the article celebrating the 75th
anniversary of National Park Service for National Geographic
Magazine, and through their book division, is credited as
the creative force behind the recently published . At the same
time, he serves as a citizen member of his county public
service district where he oversees the growth and change of
For his diverse conservation accomplishments, including
underwriting Richard Adler’s ,
Pritchard received the Secretary of the Interior’s Honor
Award for Meritorious Service, the Gulf Conservationist
Award and the first Albert Schweitzer Prize in the
Humanities in 1986.
Pritchard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and
a Master of Science in Planning. He is a decorated Vietnam
veteran and lives with his wife and sons on a farm in West
To The Rainbow
Paul Pritchard climbing The Rainbow Slab with Johnny Dawes. To The Rainbow is a Bamboo Chicken Production. Camera work by Dave Brown and John Whittle. Produced be Lynwen Griffiths.