Great Old Broads for Wilderness Honored with Global Environmental Challenge Award

Left to right: Ed Begley, Jr., Don Henley, Broads’ Board members Rynda Clark and Antonia Daly. Photo by Scot Miller/

This fall, the Walden Woods Project (WWP) honored Great Old Broads for Wilderness with a Global Environmental Challenge Award. The award recognizes those who create new opportunities and solutions to environmental challenges, drawing inspiration from Henry David Thoreau and his principles of environmental stewardship, global interconnectedness, and personal responsibility.

Songwriter and recording artist Don Henley, who founded the Walden Woods Project in 1990, presented the award at a special dinner held at Boston Symphony Hall. E.O. Wilson, author and Harvard biologist who is known as the “father of biodiversity”, was also recognized with the Global Environmental Leadership Award.

Walden Woods Project’s executive director, Kathi Anderson, first encountered Great Old Broads through a piece she saw on a news program. She researched the conservation organization, which was later brought her attention when the group signed on in support of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

“We have long admired the fine work of Great Old Broads for Wilderness and value the opportunity to share its mission and accomplishments with the media and those in attendance at the Awards Dinner,” said Anderson.

“We couldn’t be more honored than to be recognized for carrying out Thoreau’s principles,” said Broads’ executive director Shelley Silbert. “We will hold this honor in high regard as we move forward to protect nature, educate others, and even practice civil disobedience as needed.”

About Walden Woods Project:
The Walden Woods Project preserves the land, literature, and legacy of Henry David Thoreau to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility. The organization achieves this mission through the integration of conservation, education, research, and advocacy. The Project uses the land it has protected in Walden Woods to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility, both cornerstones of Thoreau’s philosophy.