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.
In 2009, she was designated a Women"s History Month Honoree by the National Women"s History Project. 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.
From 1993 to 1996, she served as the first woman director of the United States. Fish & Wildlife Service.
She oversaw the successful reintroduction of the gray wolf into northern Rocky Mountains. She died on June 27, 1996, in Townshend, Vermont.
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.