Dan Ashe served as FWS Director from June 2011 until January 2017. The following is an archive of blogs authored by Director Ashe during that time. This content is intended for historical reference only and not as a representation of current Service policy or opinion.
Sometimes I wonder just what went through the minds of the average American reader when he or she picked up Silent Spring, published 50 years ago.
Author Rachel Carson’s early work, filled with sparkling prose, coupled with biological fact, had pushed science books onto the best-seller lists as people gobbled up her stories about the sea and its denizens. Readers learned we share this earth with some amazing critters—and we need to consider the effects of our actions on them and the environment.
Rachel Carson meets with Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall in 1962. USFWS photo
And it was to this theme she again turned to in Silent Spring. “In nature nothing exists alone,” she wrote.