Ed Zahniser, who, in 2013, retired as Senior Writer and Editor of the National Park Service Interpretive Design Center, was the youngest of Alice and Howard Zahniser’s four children. Howard Zahniser is considered the primary author of and chief lobbyist for the 1964 National Wilderness Preservation System Act.
Ed is the keynote speaker for the Jackson Hole Wilderness Rendezvous. His address begins at 9:30 a.m.
During his career with the National Park Service, Ed wrote and/or co-wrote and edited National Park Handbooks for Grand Teton, Yosemite, Great Smoky Mountains, Glacier Bay, Yellowstone, C&O Canal, U.S. Virgin Islands, and other parks. In May 2014 he was awarded the U.S. Department of the Interior Distinguished Service award, the Department’s highest civilian honor. Also in May The New York State Wilderness 50th Anniversary Committee presented Ed with a Wilderness Stewardship Award.
Ed is co-founder and poetry editor of the quarterly tabloid Good News Paper and the author of four books of poetry, most recently At Betty’s Restaurant Thomas Shepherd Loves Danske Dandridge and The Shepherdstown Sonnets. He edited his father’s Adirondack writings Where Wilderness Preservation Began and his mother’s 1956 journal Ways to the Wilderness.