Remembering Alaska Conservation Society Pioneer Ginny Wood

World War II WASP and environmentalist, Virginia Hill Wood, died at 95


by Natalie Travis

FAIRBANKS - World War II WASP and environmentalist, Virginia Hill Wood, passed away at the age of 95 Friday.

Originally from Washington, "Ginny" left a very significant legacy in Alaska and was instrumental in the development of the state's conservation movement, according to officials Monday. (3/11)

"She was the principal founder of the Alaska Conservation Society, which was the first Alaska conservation group," said Roger Kaye, Wilderness Specialist and pilot for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. "The first issue they took on with Ginny having a leading role, was the issue of establishing what is now the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge."

An outdoors enthusiast, who co-founded Camp Denali in the 50s, those who know Ginny say she had a particular saying.

"She said, 'I was the right age, at the right time, in the right place'," said Karen Brewster, Editor of "Boots, Bikes, and Bombers: Adventures of Alaska Conservationist Ginny Hill Wood." "When you said to her, gosh you did all of these amazing things, she would always say, 'no, I was just lucky-- I was the right age, at the right time, at the right place.'"

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