Norton to Introduce Bill Commemorating Rachel Carson’s Work in Glover Archbold Park
DC -- Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that
she will reintroduce tomorrow a bill, the Rachel Carson Nature Trail
Designation Act of 2013, to commemorate Rachel Carson, the environmental
pioneer and an inspiration for the development of the environmental
The idea for the bill, which designates a National Park
Service trail in Glover Archbold Park in the District of Columbia in
honor of Carson, was brought to the Congresswoman’s attention by Glover
Carson, who was a federal employee, often used Glover
Archbold Park in the District as a site from which she drew observations
about nature and the environment. “My bill celebrates Carson herself,
federal employees, the environmental movement, and the diverse geography
that makes D.C. unique among major cities,” Norton said.
world-renowned environmental scientist, writer, and educator, 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. She published her seminal work, Silent Spring, in 1962.
Carson was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and
received many other honors. She died in 1964.
Norton testified at a meeting of the National Capital Memorial Advisory
Commission on the bill. The commission asked for additional
information on Carson’s work in the park. Norton and D.C. residents are
providing the commission with the requested information, and Norton
expects the commission to support the designation at their next meeting.