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Rewilding North America
by Dave Foreman

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Dave Foreman

     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 (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 Soulè, a cofounder of the Wildlands Project, is the Senior Science Fellow for The Rewilding Institute.

     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.



My new book, Rewilding North America: A Vision for 21st Century Conservation, covers these points and is for sale through this website.

Get your signed copy of Rewilding North America here...

-Dave Foreman

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