Historian Douglas Brinkley to Speak at Conservation Alliance Breakfast

Renowned Author Will Speak about American Conservation History from Theodore Roosevelt to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Bend, Ore., – The Conservation Alliance Breakfast at the August 2010 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market will feature guest speaker Douglas Brinkley, a renowned historian whose most recent book, Wilderness Warrior, details Theodore Roosevelt's contributions to conservation in America. Brinkley is working on a new book about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The breakfast, which is open to the public, is Wednesday, August 4, 7:00-8:50 AM at The Marriott in Salt Lake City.

During his presentation, Brinkley will trace the arc of American conservation history from Roosevelt to the current effort to protect the Arctic Refuge.

“We are so lucky to have Douglas Brinkley as our guest speaker,” said John Sterling, Executive Director of The Conservation Alliance. “He has written the definitive history of Roosevelt's contributions to conservation, and in the process, has explained that conservation is a core piece of America's DNA.”

Brinkley is among the most renowned historians in the US. He has published books about Rosa Parks, Ronald Reagan, Jack Kerouac, and Hurricane Katrina. He was the primary historian for When the Levees Broke, Spike Lee's documentary about Katrina.

When Barack Obama was elected President, Brinkley was asked, along with Tom Brokaw and U.S. Representative John Lewis, to write an essay for the Official Inaugural Book. He was also invited to the White House in the summer of 2009 to discuss history with the president in a wide-ranging conversation on everything from foreign policy to conservation.

In addition to Brinkley's talk, The Conservation Alliance Breakfast will feature a review of the grants the organization made in April 2010, and a look ahead to the coming year. The Conservation Alliance Breakfast is open to the public. For complete information, see http://www.conservationalliance.com/UserFiles/File/S10BreakfastStD.jpg

About the Conservation Alliance:
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wildlands and climbing areas.

Membership in the Alliance is open to companies representing all aspects of the outdoor industry, including manufacturers, retailers, publishers, mills and sales representatives. The result is a diverse group of businesses whose livelihood depends on protecting our natural environment.

Since its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed more than $8.3 million to grassroots environmental groups. Alliance funding has helped save over 49 million acres of wildlands; 28 dams have either been stopped or removed; and the group helped preserve access to more than 17,000 miles of waterways and several climbing areas.

For complete information on the Conservation Alliance, see www.conservationalliance.com.