Mollie Beattie

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Mollie H. Beattie
Woman holding binoculars, in thigh waders, by stream with back to bear
Born (1947-04-27)April 27, 1947
Glen Cove, Long Island
Died June 27, 1996(1996-06-27) (aged 49)
Townshend, Vermont
Nationality American
Alma mater Marymount College, Tarrytown;
University of Vermont;
Harvard University
Occupation Conservationist
Known for director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Spouse(s) Rick Schwolsky

Mollie H. Beattie (April 27, 1947 Glen Cove, Long Island – June 27, 1996) was an American conservationist, and director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2009, she was designated a Women's History Month Honoree by the National Women's History Project.[1]


She was born on April 27, 1947, in Glen Cove, New York. She graduated from Marymount College, Tarrytown with bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1968, and from the University of Vermont with a master's degree in forestry in 1979, and from Harvard University with a master's degree in public administration in 1991.[2]

From 1985 to 1989, she was Vermont commissioner of forests, parks and recreation; from 1989 to 1990, she was deputy secretary for Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources.[3][4] From 1993 to 1996, she served as the first woman director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.[2][5] She oversaw the successful reintroduction of the gray wolf into northern Rocky Mountains.[6]

She died on June 27, 1996, in Townshend, Vermont.[3]


She was married to Rick Schwolsky.

The Mollie Beattie Wilderness in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is named after her.

In the long term, the economy and the environment are the same thing. If it's unenvironmental it is uneconomical. That is the rule of nature.

-- Mollie Beattie [7]



  1. ^ "Honorees: 2010 National Women’s History Month". Women's History Month. National Women's History Project. 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Dicke, William (June 29, 1996). "Mollie Beattie, 49; Headed Wildlife Service". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b "Mollie Beattie; Led Fish and Wildlife Service". Los Angeles Times. June 29, 1996. 
  4. ^ Fago, D'ann Calhoun (January 5, 1988). "Mollie Beattie brakes for trees. Vermont's first female forest commissioner talks about her work". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Greg Young, "Mollie Beattie (1947 – 1996) American Forester and Conservationist," Environmental Encyclopedia (Oct. 2005)
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  7. ^ "Mollie Beattie: Woman of the Woods"

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