Great Plains Natural Science Society


The Prairie Naturalist

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The Prairie Naturalist • 50(1): June 2018


Published by the Great Plains Natural Science Society. Used by permission.


Arthur Melville Pearson’s Force of Nature is a book that tells two very interesting and intertwined stories. One is a story of how perseverance and determination can drive an individual to accomplish great things. And the other is a story of how the modern day natural areas movement came to be. Fortunately for those interested in conservation and natural areas protection, those two stories were combined in the life of George Fell (1916-1994). In Fell’s home state of Illinois, where his impact is widely known, his name is synonymous with conservation. In other places where his impact is less well known, it should be.