Howard Zahniser (center) with brothers Olaus and Adolph Murie on Cathedral Mountain in  Mount McKinley National Park (today's Denali National Park & Preserve), Alaska, 1961.
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Olaus Murie, Howard Zahniser and Adolph Murie (left to right) on Cathedral Mountain in what is now Denali National Park.

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In 1961, a year after Secretary of Interior Fred Andrew Seaton ordered federal protection of millions of acres in the Alaska North Slope Region, Howard Zahniser visited Mount McKinley National Park with Olaus and Adolph Murie. In 1956, Wilderness Society president Olaus Murie and his brother, wildlife biologist Adolph Murie, had launched the campaign to protect wilderness aras in Alaska. In 1980, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act would create 43,585,000 acres of new national parklands in Alaska and add 53,720,000 acres to the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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