As Congress adjourned on Friday, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced the Rachel Carson Nature Trail Designation Act of 2012 to recognize Rachel Carson, the environmental pioneer and inspiration for the development of the environmental movement. "September marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's groundbreaking book Silent Spring," Norton stated. "My bill designates a National Park Service trail in the Glover Archbold Park in the District of Columbia in honor of Rachel Carson, as a legacy to her contributions, many of which resulted from observations in Glover Archbold Park, which will be remembered and treasured for years to come."
A world-renowned environmental scientist, writer, and educator, Ms. Carson worked as the Editor-in-Chief for the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Service's publications department. She performed research on the dangers of pesticides, and her findings were sustained by the Science Advisory Committee, created during President John F. Kennedy's administration. As a result, federal and state legislatures enacted pesticide legislation and her work paved the way for groundbreaking environmental protection legislation in this country and throughout the world. Ms. Carson was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received many other honors. She died on April 14, 1964, in Silver Spring, Maryland, leaving a rich legacy that will continue to benefit present and future generations well beyond the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring.
"Ms. Carson worked and lived in a city, not in the wilderness or in rural America," Norton said. "She accomplished much of her seminal professional work as a federal employee at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the District. She often used Glover Archbold Park in the District as a site from which she drew observations about nature and the environment. My bill serves to commemorate Rachel Carson for her tireless efforts to make the District of Columbia, the United States, and, indeed, the world a better and safer place for us all."