“Sam moves through the corridors of Washington as he does
the trails he knows so well,” says Andrew Fallender, executive
director of the Appalachian Mountain Club, which honored
him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Fallender says Pryor’s
influence with moderate Republicans up and down the eastern
seaboard resulted in the historic $110 million federal appropriation
for land protection, the 2005 Highlands Conservation Act.
The Highlands area is a vast disappearing back country from
Connecticut to Pennsylvania.
So how did Sam Pryor cultivate such an immense appetite for
the environment, fund- raising and volunteerism, time-consuming
labors for which he never received a dime of compensation,
even as a lawyer?