Rewilding Resources

Rewilding North America
by Dave Foreman

Reference Directory

Appendices to Rewilding North America
Due to space limitations, the three appendices to Rewilding North America were not included in the printed book, and are no longer available on the Island Press website.

Appendix A “Large Core Complexes in the South-to-North MegaLinkages” lists the tentative large core complexes with estimated acreages for the Pacific, Spine of the Continent, and Atlantic MegaLinkages.

Appendix B “Wildlands Network Unit Classification” is a more detailed description of the kinds of units that make up a wildlands network than the discussion in the book.

Appendix C “Groups Working on Continental-Scale Conservation” is a contact list of the primary groups involved with continental-scale conservation. (A more extensive contact list of such groups with links to their websites will later appear on The Rewilding Institute website.)

Island Press

Island Press is the world’s foremost publisher of conservation books. We are pleased to link to their book category that deals with rewilding and continental-scale conservation issues: Biodiversity & Wildlife

Books of the Big Outside

A comprehensive list and reviews of over two hundred conservation books. Featuring some suggested “Six-Packs.”

Organizational Links by Category

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 goup 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 mission has changed, please let us know.


The Wildlands Network Based in Florida, The Wildlands Project also has field offices in Vermont and Arizona.

Grand Canyon Wildlands Network presents proactive, positive, scientifically credible and practical steps for redesigning how we live alongside nature.

Naturalia, A.C. (Mexico)

Round River Conservation Studies

California Wilderness Coalition

Science and Collaboration for Connected Wildlands (California)

Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (Oregon)

Wild Utah Project

Yukon Wildlands Project

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness


National Wolfwatcher Coalition

Naturalia, A.C. (Mexico)

Northern Jaguar Project

Carnivore Ecology and Conservation

Center for Biological Diversity

Defenders of Wildlife

Denver Zoo

Cougar Rewilding Foundation

Big Wildlife

Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project

Predator Defense (Oregon)

Conservation Northwest

Wildlife Conservation Society

International Society for Endangered Cats

Andean Cat Alliance

Agrupación Dodo A.C. (Mexico)


These groups are applying to varying degrees The 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.

Campaign for America’s Wilderness The Campaign for America’s Wilderness is a national effort to permanently protect the nation’s last wild lands by placing them into the National Wilderness Preservation System, where they will remain in a natural state for the use and enjoyment of future generations.

Arizona Wilderness Coalition The AWC focuses exclusively on roadless and wildland protections, including advocating for wilderness and wild and scenic river designations.

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is a grassroots environmental organization dedicated to the protection, restoration and continued enjoyment of New Mexico’s wildlands and Wilderness Areas.

Wilderness Support Center (The Wilderness Society)

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)

Grand Canyon Wildlands Council

California Wilderness Coalition

Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (Oregon)

Conservation Northwest

Sky Island Alliance (Southern Arizona & New Mexico)

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Yukon Wildlands Project

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness


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 lands.

Defenders of Wildlife

The Wildlands Network

Wildlands CPR

Science and Collaboration for Connected Wildlands (California)

The Cascades Conservation Partnership

Sky Island Alliance (Southern Arizona & New Mexico)

Grand Canyon Wildlands Council

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Tijeras Canyon Safe Passage Coalition (New Mexico)

MAGIC (Maryland)

I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition In the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, bustling Interstate 90 is being 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.


These groups are doing hands-on ecological restoration (stream and watershed restoration, exotic species removal, restoration of natural fire, road closures, etc.) from a continental-scale perspective.

Western Watersheds Project

Wild Earth Guardians (Southwest US)

Grand Canyon Wildlands Council

Sky Island Alliance (Southern Arizona & New Mexico)

Nature Conservancy Forest Health


These groups defend wildlands and wildlife from exploitation using a continental-scale perspective.

Alliance for the Wild Rockies (US Northern Rockies)

American Land Conservancy

Arizona Wilderness Coalition

Biodiversity Conservation Alliance

Campaign for America’s Wilderness

Center for Biological Diversity

Rocky Mountain Wild

Defenders of Wildlife

Endangered Species Coalition

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

Friends of the Clearwater (Idaho)

Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Grand Canyon Wildlands Council

Great Old Broads for Wilderness

High Country Citizens Alliance (Colorado)

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

River Runners for Wilderness RRFW is working on winning wilderness designation for the Colorado River and backcountry of the Grand Canyon.

San Juan Citizens Alliance (Colorado)

Sierra Club – My Piece of America  Interactive website campaign designed to inspire personal connections and desire to protect wild places.

Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (Oregon)

Sky Island Alliance (Southern Arizona and New Mexico)

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

Wild Connections (Colorado)

Wild Earth Guardians (US Southwest)

Wild South

Wilderness Watch

Wilderness Support Center (The Wilderness Society)

Wilderness Workshop (Colorado)

World Wildlife Fund

Wyoming Wilderness Association


Children & Nature Network – connects children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.


Animal Base – Taxonomy. A copyright-free open access to historical zoological works. Provides manually verified lists of names of zoological genera and species in a database that should include most names of zoological taxa established from 1757 until  1788.

Encyclopedia of Life – mission is to increase awareness and understanding of living nature through an Encyclopedia of Life that gathers, generates, and shares knowledge in an open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource.

Listen to Nature – 400 samples from the British Library collection of a vast array of sounds from nature. While you’re there, check out The Language of Birds.

Discover Life – organized taxonomically, the All Living Things section provides descriptions, photos and other information about 270,000 global species.

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