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Michael McCloskey: Sierra Club Executive Director and Chairman 1980s-1990s: A Perspective on Transitions in the Club and the Environmental Movement

Interviewee(s):
McCloskey, Michael
Interviewer(s):
Lage, Ann
Title:
Michael McCloskey: Sierra Club Executive Director and Chairman 1980s-1990s: A Perspective on Transitions in the Club and the Environmental Movement
Abstract:
Sierra Club executive director during Reagan administration: James Watt, passage of wilderness bills, club growth and organizational issues; executive directors Douglas Wheeler, Michael Fischer and Carl Pope; role as club chairman, 1985-1999: representing the club in Washington, D.C., working on nonprofit regulatory reform, international trade issues, reflections on Clinton administration; Sierra Club international program: park protection, human rights issues, biodiversity; trends in environmental movement: radical environmentalism, market solutions, social policy issues, attitudes toward wilderness; changes in the club's environmental strategies; Sierra Club internal affairs: transitions in volunteer leadership, chapters and the national club, relations with Sierra Club Foundation and Legal Defense Fund; divisive issues in the club: ancient forests, zero-cut logging policy, immigration and population control; wife Maxine McCloskey's environmental activism: the Whale Center and ocean habitat protection.
Subject area(s):
Natural Resources, Agriculture, and the Environment
Advocacy and Philanthropy
Interview date(s):
1998
Project:
Sierra Club
Oskicat record:
b10381168
Rights:
McCloskey, Michael. "Michael McCloskey: Sierra Club Executive Director and Chairman 1980s-1990s: A Perspective on Transitions in the Club and the Environmental Movement." Interview by Ann Lage in 1998. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1999.