Longtime environmental activist Wendell Wood dies while hiking

    GRANTS PASS — Wendell Wood, a co-founder of the conservation group Oregon Wild, has died. He was 65.

    His wife, Kathy, said Wood collapsed Tuesday hiking in the redwoods outside Crescent City, Calif., where they lived since his retirement, and his heart had stopped by the time he reached a hospital.

    Fellow activist Andy Kerr said Wood was a tenacious champion of ancient forests, and instrumental in Endangered Species Act protection for the short-nosed sucker and the Lost River sucker, two fish at the center of water battles in the Klamath Basin, and the western snowy plover.

    After turning down a job with his family's furniture factory outside Los Angeles, Wood taught high school biology in Myrtle Creek before moving to Eugene to work for Oregon Natural Resources Council, which became Oregon Wild.

    — Associated Press

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