Bennett, Dean B. 1935-

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BENNETT, Dean B. 1935-


Born May 19, 1935, in Greenwood, ME; son of Donald W. and Elsie (Abbott) Bennett; married Sheila O'Toole (a college professor), March 15, 1975; children: Cheryl Bennett Martin, Richard A. Education: University of Southern Maine, B.S., 1961, M.S., 1967; University of Michigan, Ph.D., 1972.


Agent—c/o Author Mail, Island Press, 1718 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20009.


University of Maine—Farmington, professor, 1981-2000, professor emeritus, 2000—, distinguished scholar, 1989. Member of Natural Resources Council of Maine.


North American Association for Environmental Education (life member), American Nature Study Society, Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, Maine Audubon Society.


Fellow of Ford Foundation, 1967, and National Wildlife Federation, 1970; Environmental Education Award, New England Environmental Education Alliance, 1983; teacher of the year award, Maine Audubon Society, 1999; Percival Baxter Award for leadership in wilderness preservation, Sierra Club Maine Chapter, 2000.


Allagash: Maine's Wild and Scenic River, Down East Books (Camden, ME), 1994.

The Forgotten Nature of New England, Down East Books (Camden, ME), 1996.

Maine's Natural Heritage: Rare Species and Unique Natural Features, Down East Books (Camden, ME), 1998.

The Wilderness from Chamberlain Farm: A Story of Hope for the American Wild, Island Press (Washington, DC), 2001.


Dean B. Bennett told CA: "Much of my professional life has been devoted to teaching and writing in the fields of science and environmental education, natural history, and human relationships with nature. My primary purpose in writing is to raise public awareness of our need to treat the earth with care and to convey the idea that we humans are nature and that what we do to the rest of the natural world we do to ourselves."



Choice, March, 2002, S. Hollenhorst, review of The Wilderness from Chamberlain Farm: A Story of Hope for the American Wild, p. 1258.

Library Journal, October 15, 2001, Ilse Heidmann, review of The Wilderness from Chamberlain Farm, p. 103.

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