Until I read about him in today’s Chronicle, I had never heard of Edgar Wayburn. But we have a lot to thank him for. He has been involved in the preservation of more than 100 million acres of land in California and Alaska. If you’ve ever looked at the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais and wondered how it escaped development, thank Mr. Wayburn. He also helped pass legislation that protected 103 million acres of wilderness in Alaska.
He turns 100 tomorrow. Happy birthday, Mr. Wayburn.