Rewilding North America

Rewilding North America by Dave Foreman

Rewilding North America is a must-read for anyone who cares about protecting our natural heritage for the benefit–for the very sustainability–of future generations.-Mike Matz, Executive Director, Campaign for America’s Wilderness

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About Rewilding North America

  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press (July 1, 2004)
  • ISBN: 1559630612
  • Product Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces.


In Rewilding North America, Dave Foreman sets out a vision that is bold, scientifically credible, practically achievable, and hopeful. It is a vision and strategy based on the functional role of large carnivores in maintaining and restoring healthy ecosystems and the need for conservation action on a continental-scale. To give you a taste of it, here is the Table of Contents:

Part I. Bad News

1. The Extinction Crisis

2. The Pleistocene-Holocene Event: Forty Thousand years of Extinction

3. The First Wave of the Pleistocene-Holocene Event

4. The Second and Third Waves of the Pleistocene-Holocene Event

5. Ecological Wounds of North America: Direct Killing and Habitat Loss

6. Ecological Wounds of North America: Fragmentation, Loss of Ecological Processes, Exotic Species, Pollution, and Climate Change

Part II. Good News

7. Conservation Biology

8. Rewilding North America

9. Selecting and Designing Protected Areas: The Early Days

10. Selecting and Designing Protected Areas: The Past Two Decades

11. The Importance of Wilderness Areas

Part III. Taking Action

12. Putting the Pieces Together: Building a North America Wildlands Network

13. An Ecological Approach to Wilderness Area Selection and Design

14. Land Management Reforms for Implementing the North American Wildlands Network

15. Hope for the Future

Rewilding North America: A Vision for 21st Century Conservation!

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9 Responses to “Rewilding North America”

  1. WilliamNovember 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    I have looked at the Rewilding Europe website and they are light years past anything we
    seem to be doing. They are actively breeding back Aurochs and moving Bison all over their
    continent. Why can’t we, the nation that gave the world the National Park, be a true vanguard
    in this field. Like so many things in the modern US, it seems we are mired down in political double
    speak and otherwise sitting on our hands. It seems that the wealthy private citizens will have to carry
    the torch for what was once an active passion of the American Democratic system.

  2. Leif Gonzales-KramerMarch 8, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    Dear Mr. Foreman,

    My name is Leif Gonzales-Kramer and as a 17 year-old I think I represent one of the first of my generation to step forward as a Pleistocene Rewilding advocate. While the first portion of your book completely depressed a young idealist like me, I appreciate the scope of your rewilding vision, which is almost as sweeping as mine. I think that Pleistocene Rewilding on a grand scale is achievable by turning most opponents into rewilding partners who can bring plenty of money, land, and political support to the table.

    Thank you for your many years of rewilding leadership. I am very grateful.

    Leif Gonzales-Kramer
    Iowa, USA


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