The Rewilding Institute (TRI) - "Conservation Guided by Vision, Strategy and Hope"
(Very Important Note: This is language deception at its boldest. "Continental conservation" is nothing more than continental CONTROL. "...importance of carnivores..." is right: they are being USED to rid the planet of most of its people, no matter how many non-carnivores are consumed in the process. This agenda is not that of "animal lovers" as we think of them -- protecting and caring for our pets and livestock and things like bird and squirrel feeding -- but rather the coercive FORCE that unchecked populations of large predators has on the world. The strategy is no different than any other entity intent upon using whatever means necessary to score the biggest possible win. This is the subterfuge being used to steal property rights and freedom across America and the world -- all under the guise of "conservation", "hopeful vision", etc. Notice how quickly, once the public became aware of the sham masquerading under the term "environmentalist", the description changed back to the original term employed a century ago. The catch is, today's Trojan Horse of "conservation" has nothing to do with actual conservation, and EVERYTHING to do with Control of Resources, Property Rights and Freedom. Common sense and knowledge of how Language Deception, Control Strategies and other means of paralyzing the cognitive faculties -- while 'twanging' the emotions to fever pitch -- are used, is your best friend. Like junk food is full of 'empty calories', so, too, is this 'hopeful vision' -- driven by global control freaks -- 'empty logic'. The intent, the agenda, is to wrest control of all resources -- all land, water and yes, the freedom of people -- without firing a shot. If you are not taking this seriously, just stop and consider how successful the Endangered Species Act alone has been in stealing people's livelihoods, property, ability to exercise generational land stewardship, etc. The REAL folks -- those who take the dominion charged to them in Genesis, seriously -- are scornfully referred to in this "hopeful vision" as "anticonservation extremists". Responsible resource providing is called -- calling to mind all the emotions of being the patient as a dentist prepares to do a root canal -- "extractive industry". If the following makes you want to pack and go on a guilt trip -- "The last wild places are threatened by logging, livestock grazing, off-road vehicles, road building, mining, energy exploitation, and a host of other assaults by governments and industry." -- DON'T. Unpack; there's absolutely no need to feel guilty! Never before have we been kinder to our resources and better equipped to utilize without destroying, land, water and minerals. The large predators that this Trojan Horse uses to depopulate the planet are NOT the fuzzy, sweet, harmless overgrown pet dogs and cats that they are portrayed as being. Large predators have large appetites -- sated by large amounts of meat derived from herbivores and smaller animals -- both wild and domestic. This includes people, especially children, who offer nothing more to the wolf or cougar than a tasty snack. Strip away the fanciful romantic falsehoods being circulated about the "need" for these "threatened" species -- the better word is "threatening" -- and you have nothing more than a Control Agenda. Think, please, what is sought by disarming the populace and moving -- herding -- it into "smart growth", "walkable neighborhoods" and "high-density" "housing". Who still gets to roam the wide-open places that are now "forbidden" by the powers that be, from all evidence of "human disturbance"? For those of you on foot or bicycle, just wait until your shoe or bicycle tire tread reaches the top of the "Forbidden" list, as it will. First, the others must go. Those thinking that they will be different -- that they will be "allowed" -- are spitting into the wind.)
The Rewilding Institute (TRI) is a 501(c)3 conservation think tank dedicated to the development and promotion of ideas and strategies to advance continental-scale conservation in North America and to combat the extinction crisis. Think-tank though it may be, The Rewilding Institute is engaged in and dedicated to activist conservation work with real successes on the ground.
Dave Foreman and the Board of Directors of the Wildlands Project established the Rewilding Institute in August 2003 as an independent organization.
Michael Soule, a cofounder of the Wildlands Project, is the Senior Science Fellow for The Rewilding Institute.
"I'm laid up with several ruptured discs in my lower back and trying to get surgery scheduled. Because of this, we are behind schedule on getting new material up on The Rewilding Institute website. So, please check in regularly as new pages will be added on different aspects of continental-scale rewilding over the next month or so. These topics include extinction, importance of carnivores, MegaLinkages, wildlands network design, human overpopulation, and more with text and graphics much like our EcoWild page. We also will be including downloadable papers on rewilding research and links to ordering essential books. Click-on links to North American conservation groups working on defending and restoring wildlands will be revised and better organized." - Dave Foreman, 12-14-2004. "Wild Nature in North America is attacked on two fronts. The last wild places are threatened by logging, livestock grazing, off-road vehicles, road building, mining, energy exploitation, and a host of other assaults by governments and industry. The greatest remaining wildernesses in North America are threatened in this juggernaut, even in the Arctic. The second front attacking wild Nature is the coordinated effort to tear down over a century of bipartisan conservation law, policy, and tradition in the United States. This assault is directed by extractive industry, anticonservation extremists, and politicians guided by an ideology that exalts corporate profits and anarchistic business practices above all else. Conservationists throughout North America, including many working for government agencies, are as worried as they have ever been -- and with good cause. The Rewilding Institute believes that for conservation at all levels to be more effective, it must be guided by a grand conservation vision, that is at once bold, scientifically-credible, practically achievable, and HOPEFUL. Without a vision, without hope, Nature lovers become distraught, depressed, and without the spark to fight effectively.
The concepts, ideas, and strategies behind continental conservation and a hopeful vision used by The Rewilding Institute are:
The need for continental-scale conservation;
The vital role large carnivores play in maintaining or restoring ecological health;
Ecologically effective populations of large carnivores and other highly interactive species as the goal of species recovery plans and management;
Rewilding (large carnivores, large wild core habitats, and landscape permeability between cores) as an overarching conservation strategy;
Landscape permeability (wildlife movement connectivity) as an underlying principle of public land management;
Four Continental MegaLinkages (Pacific, Spine of the Continent, Atlantic, and Arctic-Boreal) as the foundation for rewilding North America;
Selection and design of Wilderness Areas and other protected areas based on ecological principles;
Need to better integrate continental-scale conservation into day-to-day conservation work;
The importance of a hopeful vision underlying conservation campaigns.
As we build The Rewilding Institute web site, we will include discussion of these points with links to key scientific articles explaining them and links to other conservation groups working on different aspects of continental-scale conservation.
Copyright 2004, The Rewilding Institute.
More from the stomach of the Trojan Horse:
(NOTE: Please pay close attention to the list of partners after you read between the lines to see their intent/agenda.)
Organizational Links by Category
The Rewilding Institute is a resource for rewilding and continental-scale conservation. In this Organizational Directory we provide links to a wide variety of groups (local, regional, national, and international) working on various aspects of rewilding and continental-scale conservation.
These groups are listed under several categories; some are listed in more than one category. Where the group’s location isn't obvious from their name, we give the region where the group is involved. Groups generally working on national or international scales are listed first in each category.
This list is not complete. We hope to add groups to it as we become aware of their work. If you would like to be listed in this directory, please send us your website address and a sentence or two describing what you do. The decision to list groups rests solely with The Rewilding Institute. If you no longer wish to be listed or your group is defunct or its mission has changed, please let us know.
WILDLANDS NETWORK DESIGN [WND]
The following groups have either completed wildlands network designs for their region or are working on wildlands network designs.
Canyon Wildlands Council
CARNIVORE PROTECTION AND RECOVERY
These groups are working to protect or restore carnivores.
ECOLOGICAL WILDERNESS AREA DESIGN
These groups are applying to varying degrees Rewilding Institute ecological guidelines on Wilderness Area (or other protected area) selection, design, and prioritization, or are otherwise using continental-scale considerations for protected area design.
for America’s Wilderness
LANDSCAPE PERMEABILITY RESTORATION
These groups are generally involved in protecting
and restoring landscape permeability in the Four Continental
MegaLinkages or are specifically involved by identifying and working
to modify highway barriers, controlling off-road vehicles, opposing
new roads, or restoring unnecessary and damaging roads on public
I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition - In the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, bustling Interstate 90 will be expanded from four lanes to six – right through the heart of important wildlife corridor lands. The I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition is a diverse group of interests that was formed to ensure that high quality wildlife and fish passage options – both underpasses and overpasses - be included in the highway upgrade.
HEALING THE WOUNDS: ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION
These groups are doing hands-on ecological
restoration (stream and watershed restoration, exotic species removal,
restoration of natural fire, road closures, etc.) from a
These groups defend
wildlands and wildlife from exploitation
The Rewilding Institute Website is the essential
source of information about the integration of traditional wildlife
and wildlands conservation with conservation biology to advance
landscape-scale conservation. It provides explanations of key concepts
with downloadable documents and links to important papers, essential
books, and many groups working on various continental-scale
conservation initiatives in North America.
Our Organization's Mission
To develop and promote the ideas and strategies to advance continental-scale conservation in North America, particularly the need for large carnivores and a permeable landscape for their movement, and to offer a bold, scientifically-credible, practically achievable, and hopeful vision for the future of wild Nature and human civilization in North America.
(Important Note: Beware the Language Deception that cavorts here.)
Support Bold Vision!
Without bold vision and hope, we conservationists are rudderless in a stormy political sea. The Rewilding Institute is committed to inspiring conservation work with that vision and hope.
Our financial partners are a critical part of The Rewilding Institute pack. We are honored to acknowledge them here.
Polar Bear $10,000+
Mountain Lion $250+
I am absolutely convinced that we conservationists will be more successful only if we have a positive vision to work toward, and if we are buoyed by hope. Hope is essential. Without it, conservationists and the public we wish to convince become distraught, depressed, and without the energy and will to defend wild Nature. Without a vision, we are merely parrying attacks, with no sense of what we are working for, and with no strategy of how to get there.
The Rewilding Institute is largely dependent on donations from individuals. During our year of existence, other than start-up funding from the Wildlands Project, support has come from individuals, small family foundations, speaking honoraria, and Patagonia. We also have been greatly helped by in-kind donations, such as Jack Humphrey’s design of this website, Joe Adair’s design of our logo, and the volunteer work of our Fellows.
The organizational philosophy of The Rewilding Institute is to stay small, lean, and focused, with minimum overhead, staff, and bureaucracy, so it can better concentrate on its priorities and on working with partners.
Because of our approach, individual contributions go a long way. Your support of The Rewilding Institute will pay off.
Please consider donating today...
The Rewilding Institute
The Rewilding Institute is 501(c)3 and all donations are
(Important Note: And, should you be interested in just how full the belly of the Trojan Horse really is ... there's a plethora all bellied up and ready to take everything you hold dear and transfer it into Their Possession and Their Control. Notice how the photos show them doing things that you will soon be -- if you are not already -- "forbidden" to do, in places you will soon be or already are, "forbidden".)
TRI's Science and
Conservation Fellow Program
John Terborgh and Dave Foreman on The Rewilding Institute's Green River Trip
The Rewilding Institute distinguishes itself among conservation organizations through its Fellow Program, which brings together leading thinkers and strategists to advance the approach of continental-scale conservation in North America. These Fellows include both scientists and conservationists. Fellows are not employees of TRI, but come from a variety of organizations, institutions, and agencies to join together as the cauldron for new conservation ideas.
Science Fellows are prominent conservation scientists in several fields, who are experienced in developing the ideas and theories of continental conservation, and who are experts in on-the-ground carnivore recovery and other ecological restoration. Conservation Fellows are experienced and knowledgeable leaders of the citizen conservation movement, who are dedicated to integrating The Rewilding Institute approach into mainstream conservation groups, advising TRI on strategies to make continental conservation practical, and developing priorities to integrate continental-scale conservation into policy.
Science and Conservation Fellows will work together and will be invited to workshops on key issues and ideas. TRI has already organized one Working Group of Fellows to develop ecological guidelines for selection and design of Wilderness Areas and a strategy for bring such guidelines to wilderness protection groups and agencies. This EcoWild Working Group had an initial meeting in Albuquerque this summer.
Fellows Soule, Foreman, Parsons, Miller, McKnight, and Humphrey met with John Terborgh and other TRI supporters during a 10-day Green River float trip this summer. Working groups and meetings for other key topics are being planned.
Some of the Fellows are available for speaking engagements. Click Here to inquire about speaking engagements in your area. This website will also link to key articles by Fellows, and offer books by Fellows. As they are added, new Fellows will be listed here.
TRI Science Fellows
Michael E. Soule
Michael Soule is Professor Emeritus in Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. He was born, raised, and mostly educated in California. After spending much of his youth in the canyons, deserts, and intertidal of San Diego, and after graduating from San Diego State, he went to Stanford to study population biology and evolution under Paul Ehrlich. Upon receiving his Ph.D. at Stanford, Michael went to Africa to help found the first university in Malawi.
He has also taught in Samoa, the Universities of California (San Diego and Santa Cruz—where he was chair of Environmental Studies), and Michigan. He has done field work on lizards, birds, and mammals in Africa, Mexico, the Adriatic, the West Indies, and California, and Colorado.
Michael was a founder of the Society for Conservation Biology and The Wildlands Project and has been the president of both. He has written and edited 9 books on biology, conservation biology, and the social context of contemporary conservation. He has published more than 150 articles on various subjects including population and evolutionary biology, population genetics, island biogeography, environmental studies, biodiversity policy, nature conservation, and ethics, and continues to do research on the genetic basis of fitness and viability in natural populations, on the impacts of “keystone” species, and on the causes of the destruction of nature worldwide.
He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, is the sixth recipient of the Archie Carr Medal, was named by Audubon Magazine in 1998 as one of the 100 Champions of Conservation of the 20th Century, and is a recipient of the National Wildlife Federation’s 2001 National Conservation Achievement Award.
Now living in Colorado, Michael restores wildlife habitat, serves on the boards of several conservation organizations, and consults internationally on nature protection. Currently, he is writing a book about diversity, self-realization, and compassion for all life.
Click Here to see Michael's Published Work...
David S. Maehr was born in Fairbanks, Alaska but was raised in the Midwest where he spent many hours in the remnant wilds of southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky. He has a B.S. in Wildlife Management from The Ohio State University and an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida.
Dave received his Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation while working with Larry Harris at the University of Florida. He is currently associate professor of conservation biology in the Department of Forestry, University of Kentucky, where he examines the ecology, conservation, and restoration of large mammals and other imperiled vertebrates.
His current research examines a naturally colonizing bear population in eastern Kentucky, reintroduced elk, and conservation of small black bear populations in Florida. From 1985 to 1994 he supervised Florida panther and black bear field research on these listed species. His work has been instrumental in targeting key conservation lands that will provide habitat and movement linkages for wide-ranging carnivores. Dave has authored over 120 articles on various topics including bird ecology, carnivore conservation and ecology, eastern elk restoration, conservation teaching, professionalism, and conservation planning.
He has also written or edited 3 books. Dave is currently an Aldo Leopold Leadership Program fellow, Ocelot Recovery Team co-leader for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is chair of The Wildlife Society’s Certification Review Board, a member of the Border Cats Working Group, and is on the Eastern Cougar Foundation’s board of directors.
Click Here to see Dave's Published Work...
Brian received a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming in behavioral ecology and conservation of black-footed ferrets and then was awarded a Smithsonian Institution Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Conservation and Research Center of the National Zoological Park.
From 1992 to 1997, Brian lived and worked in Mexico as a professor at the National University of Mexico. At that time, he worked on starting a protected area on the high plains of Chihuahua, Mexico and then began an ongoing research project on jaguars and pumas in the dry tropical forest of Jalisco, Mexico.
Currently, Brian works as a conservation biologist for the Denver Zoological Foundation where he is examining the impacts of wolf reintroduction on the mammal community in Grand Teton National Park (in Wyoming). His main research interest concerns the role of top carnivores in regulating ecosystem processes, and how to improve protection for carnivores when designing reserves. He is the lead author of the Southern Rockies Wildlands Network Vision and coauthor of Prairie Night.
David Parsons is a professional wildlife biologist. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University and his Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from Oregon State University. Dave is retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after 25 years with that agency.
From 1990-1999, he led the USFWS’s effort to reintroduce the endangered Mexican gray wolf to portions of its former range in Arizona and New Mexico. In 2000, he was recognized by the International Wolf Center for his wolf conservation efforts, and in 2001 was a recipient of the New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society’s annual “Professional Award.” Dave’s interests include the ecology and conservation of large carnivores, ecological restoration, protection and conservation of biodiversity, and wildlands conservation at scales that fully support ecological and evolutionary processes.
He is a steering committee member of the Southern Rockies Wolf Restoration Project; a member of the Southwest Gray Wolf Recovery Team; a graduate advisor in the Environmental Studies Master of Arts Program at Prescott College, Arizona; a science advisor to the Heritage Ranch Institute -- a conservation ranching initiative in New Mexico; a former member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance; and the sole proprietor of Parsons Biological Consulting -- which provides technical services, information, and policy advice on matters relating to wildlife biology, wildlife ecology, wildlife conservation, and wildlands conservation to conservation-minded clients. Dave lives with his wife, Noralyn, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Don Waller, Professor of Botany and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaches courses in ecology, evolution, field biology, and conservation biology. His research interests include historical changes in plant communities, impacts of habitat fragmentation and deer browsing on plant communities, and the demography and genetics of plant populations. He has worked in forests in Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Michigan, Wisconsin, Jalisco, Mexico, and Panama.
He has also worked extensively with state and federal resource agencies to improve forest and game management by linking these with conservation biology. This work earned several conservation awards and resulted in a book: Wild Forests: Conservation Biology and Public Policy (Island Press 1994) co-authored with botanist Bil [sic?] Alverson and attorney Walter Kuhlmann. Dr. Waller served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Evolution from 1999-2003 and is currently an Associate Editor for Ecology Letters. Experiences with overabundant deer led to his recent interest in bow hunting where his skills remain mediocre.
Tom Rooney hails from southeastern Pennsylvania,
and spent countless days exploring the Appalachian Mountains and
the Wisconsin Northwoods. He has a B.A. in Biology from The University
of Delaware, and an M.S. in Biology from Indiana University of
Allison Jones received her B.A in Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz under the guidance of her mentor and advisor, Michael Soule. She then completed her M.S in Conservation Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1996. Her Masters study analyzed the effects of cattle grazing on small mammal communities in the Great Basin.
Allison then went on to work as an endangered species specialist for ecological consulting firms in Denver, and then her new home in Utah, where she completed habitat analyses and surveys for endangered plants, birds and mammals, as well as wetland delineations. Allison is now working as the staff conservation biologist for the Wild Utah Project (The Wildlands Project affiliate for Utah, and also provider of GIS services to Utah's conservation community).
In addition to collecting and assembling biological data to be used in reserve design for the Colorado Plateau and other parts of Utah, Allison also provides biological analyses for Utah conservation groups that do not typically have these services in-house. These include things such as literature reviews, status reviews of rare species, and ecological analyses of various federal land management plans and other actions. Allison is currently the Principle Investigator on two different grazing research projects in southern Utah.
TRI Conservation Fellows
Dave Foreman has worked as a wilderness conservationist since 1971. From 1973 to 1980, he worked for The Wilderness Society as Southwest Regional Representative in New Mexico and as Director of Wilderness Affairs in Washington, DC.
He was a member of the board of trustees for the New Mexico Chapter of The Nature Conservancy from 1976 to 1980. From 1982 to 1988, he was editor of the Earth First! Journal. Foreman is a founder of the Wildlands Project and was its Chairman from 1991-2003 and executive editor or publisher of Wild Earth from 1991-2003. He is now the Director and Senior Fellow of The Rewilding Institute, a conservation “think tank” advancing ideas of continental conservation.
He was a member of the national Board of Directors of the Sierra Club from 1995 to 1997 and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. He speaks widely on conservation issues and is author of The Lobo Outback Funeral Home (a novel), Confessions of an Eco-Warrior, The Big Outside (with Howie Wolke), and Rewilding North America. Foreman is the lead author and network designer of the Sky Islands Wildlands Network Conservation Plan and the New Mexico Highlands Wildlands Network Vision from the Wildlands Project.
Foreman received the 1996 Paul Petzoldt Award for Excellence in Wilderness Education and was named by Audubon Magazine in 1998 as one of the 100 Champions of Conservation of the 20th Century. Foreman is a backpacker, river runner, canoeist, fly-fisher, hunter, wilderness photographer, and bird-watcher. He lives in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
To inquire about arranging a lecture by Dave Foreman, please contact us.
Kim is currently the Northern Representative for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition and Wilderness Coordinator for the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council. He is coordinating the conservationist's wilderness recommendation, including a regional wildlands network design, for the northern Arizona wilderness campaign.
Kim served as the river ranger, resource management specialist and Wilderness Coordinator for Grand Canyon National Park from 1980 to 1999. As Wilderness Coordinator for the park, he provided guidance for NPS wilderness preservation and management in the park and in park documents. He also worked to rehabilitate or mitigate ground surface disturbance within the Grand Canyon National Park proposed wilderness, including the river corridor. He coordinated the wilderness volunteer program, contributed to NEPA compliance reviews, and assisted in exotic species inventory and removal. As former board president of the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, his extensive understanding of ecosystem conservation, including wildlands network design (WND), the precautionary approach, and applied principles of conservation biology have significantly contributed to the development and implementation of a Grand Canyon Ecoregion WND.
Kim also worked as a professional river guide and as Wilderness Coordinator for the Sierra Club in Utah. Before his work on rivers and wilderness, he spent four years with the Navy’s SEAL Team One completing two combat deployments to Vietnam. Kim received a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Utah State University, with postgraduate work in outdoor recreation. His publications include A River Runners Guide to the History of Grand Canyon, a chapter in Grand Canyon: Intimate Views, an article in the International Journal of Wilderness titled Wilderness Management at Grand Canyon: Waiting For Godot?, and an article about the ecological impacts of roads in Wild Earth magazine.
Monique earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame and has been working for 10 years in the field of conservation biology and ecology. For the first six years of her career, Monique worked as a field biologist with a focus in ornithology. She spent much of her time nest searching and conducting behavioral observations, which took her from New South Wales, Australia studying the satin bowerbird, to San Diego, California studying the rufous-crowned sparrow, as well as many other places in between.
This work has allowed her to cultivate
relationships with agencies, universities and non-profits and has given
her a breadth of experience in ecology and non-profit dynamics. More
recently, Monique has been working in non-profit management and
development with conservation groups such as Friends of Milwaukee's
Rivers, Menomonee Valley Partners, and the Southern Rockies Ecosystem
Project, where she brings experience in fundraising, program
development, capacity building, and relationship building.
John Davis has been active in the wilderness and wildlife protection movement since college, two decades ago. For most of that period, he has worked closely with Dave Foreman.
John served as editor of the Earth First! Journal from 1986 to 1989. In 1990, John co-founded Wild Earth magazine with Dave and with Reed Noss, David Johns, and Mary Byrd Davis. John served as editor of Wild Earth from 1991 to 1997, when his life-long friend Tom Butler assumed editorship so that John could go to California and serve as Biodiversity & Wildness program officer of the Foundation for Deep Ecology. John left that position in 2002 to focus much of his time on protecting a wildlife corridor -- now called Split Rock Wildway -- linking the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York with the Champlain Valley to the east.
John now serves as land steward for the Eddy Foundation's conservation land holdings in Split Rock Wildway and strives to serve as a scout and ranger for other wildlands westward, as well. He also continues to edit various environmental publications. John serves on the boards of the Wildlands Project, RESTORE: The North Woods, the Conservation Land Trust, and several other conservation groups. He lives with his two cats, Taiga and Ptarmigan, in a cabin on a Beaver pond in the eastern Adirondacks.
Susan Morgan, PhD, resides in Albuquerque and serves as Communications Director for Forest Guardians where she coordinates print publications and electronic outreach. She has been with Forest Guardians since 2001. Susan holds degrees in English and environmental studies, with emphasis on wildlands conservation. She received the graduate award for her doctoral study on the history of conservation advocacy and conservation biology in the United States and how these two shaped The Wildlands Project.
Susan has taught high school English and environmental studies at the community college level. In 1968 she began as Director of Education for the Wilderness Society and has subsequently worked in wilderness, wildlands, and public lands conservation for thirty-six years. She is currently a conservation fellow with The Rewilding Institute.
Dr. Robert Howard
Dr. Robert E. "Bob" Howard is a retired Pathologist and Medical School professor, management and computing consultant, and longtime volunteer conservation activist. For over three decades, Bob has worked for wilderness protection and in other areas of conservation including clean air, clean water and water source protection, solar energy and energy efficiency, recycling, international, Alaska, Superfund, and other conservation campaigns, and many state and local campaigns.
He also has done state and federal level lobbying, and been involved with all aspects of political process. He has held senior executive positions with several for-profit and non-profit corporations. During the 1970s and 1980s he was an organizer and Director of the New Mexico Wilderness Study Committee, and Chairperson of the Sierra Club's Rio Grande Chapter. At the national level of the Sierra Club, he was a Director, Vice President, and Treasurer. More recently, he has been cofounder and Chairperson of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and President of the Wildlands Project, and is still a Director of both.
Dr. Howard's strengths are in organization, management, planning, and training. He is an experienced professional consultant with broad background as physician, scientist, manager, and computing specialist. He is knowledgeable about business systems and computing, and is a skilled speaker and teacher, meeting leader, systems analyst, planner, and problem solver. His consulting services included top-level management assistance with planning and adaptation to change, analysis of opportunities, and quality assurance.
For several organizations he has helped develop successful grant proposals, much of the administrative infrastructure, and pushed for a broad philosophy and program. Having lived and worked in all parts of the United States, he has "on-the-ground" familiarity with diverse conservation situations, and his understanding bridges both the science and conservation arenas.
Bob is a major coauthor of the Sky Islands Wildlands Network Conservation Plan, the New Mexico Highlands Wildlands Network Vision, and the Southern Rockies Wildlands Network Vision. He contributed particularly to development of the "Wounds to the Land" framing of ecological damage, to the "Healing the Wounds" approach to ecological restoration, and to the concepts and details of wildlands network plan implementation through conservation action.
As the executive director for the Alaska Wilderness League, Brian was instrumental in efforts to block oil companies from drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He successfully led AWL's efforts to defend Alaska's wilderness from numerous legislative anti-environmental attacks.
Brian was a lead organizer for the first Wilderness Mentoring Conference in May 1998. Together with Melyssa Watson, and Bart Koehler, Brian started the Wilderness Support Center in late 1998; he is associate director. Brian was a co-founder of the Nevada Wilderness Coalition and the West Virginia Wilderness Coalition.
In 2000, Brian helped lead the successful effort to protect Nevada’s Black Rock Desert and High Rock Canyon region as wilderness. Brian recently helped secure congressional protection for more than 450,000 acres of wilderness in southern Nevada. He currently works on wilderness campaigns throughout the country including the Nevada wilderness campaign and West Virginia wilderness campaign.
Max is the McAllister Endowed Chair in Community, Culture, and Environment at Northern Arizona University. His work engages the messy interface between cultural and natural systems using an interdisciplinary approach. His recent teaching has been in the areas of ecological restoration and also the past, present and future of the greater Grand Canyon bioregion.
Recent books include The Idea of Wilderness (Yale UP), Caring for Creation (Yale UP), and Texas Land Ethics (Texas UP) with Pete A. Y. Gunter. Recent articles have appeared in Natural Resources Journal, Future, and Sign System Studies. Max is a board member of Arizona Humanities Council, the Museum of Northern Arizona (where he served as Acting Director for six months), the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, the Arizona Wilderness Coalition, and Environmental Ethics, Inc. Max and spouse Mary increasingly split time between Flagstaff, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Matt is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he grew up against the foothills of the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. Matt received a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and a minor in Leadership Studies from Denver University in 1994.
Matt has worked in various capacities for organizations such as the Sky Island Alliance (SIA), the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NMWA) , The Wildlands Project and the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council.
Matt played an important role in the NM Statewide BLM Wilderness Inventory conducted by NMWA, in which he worked to integrate ecological principles for protected area design into proposed wilderness area boundary selection, and coordinated the development of detailed comments for the National Forest Roadless Area Policy. With SIA, he conducted research for the Sky Islands Wildlands Network. He went on to be coordinator and co-author of the New Mexico Highlands Wildlands Network and Conservation Vision, and is currently performing a similar role to develop the Grand Canyon Wildlands Network and Conservation Vision.
He spent the summer of 2003 as a Eugene-Polk Fellow with the Grand Canyon National Park Foundation on the North Rim, where he conducted field research on carnivore community assembly. Most recently, Matt earned a Graduate Certificate in Conservation Ecology from Northern Arizona University.
His interests include: preservation of wilderness, conservation biology and wildlands network design, addressing barriers to wildlife movement, predator conservation and top down regulation of ecosystems, restoration ecology, and the socio-political factors that influence wildlands and wildlife management. Matt specializes in collaborative initiatives that work to achieve common goals of conservation, restoration and sustainability.
Jack was the grass roots coordinator and fundraiser for the Sky Island Wildlands Network design project. After working "in the trenches" as a professional non-profit organizer, activist, trainer, and director for several organizations over an 11-year span, Jack struck out on his own and started Tale Chaser Publishing, Inc.
From his work on the ground in the Sky Islands of New Mexico, Arizona, and Northern Mexico, Jack understands all too well the urgency and gravity of our current ecological crisis as outlined in Dave Foreman's 'Rewilding North America.'
Although Jack's professional focus is building a successful online publishing company and as a publicity consultant for several large and small web businesses, he has dedicated his extra time and resources to furthering the goals of The Rewilding Institute and making continental conservation a top-of-mind issue for conservationists and policy makers.
Jack's company handles this website. All technical questions and problems should be directed to this address for a fast response.
(Important Note: Notice, please, that the large predators pictured to help sell this "vision" are not bloody faced or fanged. There is no carcass -- there are no carcasses -- lying nearby. This perpetuates the myth that these large predators are not a threat to others.)