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"The most needed and holy work of conservation is to keep whole the building blocks of evolution. Such is the true work of conservation, the goal of those who cannot live without wild things." ~Dave Foreman

Dave Foreman, Founder


The Rewilding Institute Vision

We live for the day when Gray Wolves and Grizzly Bears have connected habitat from Mexico to Alaska, when Pumas have reclaimed their homelands East and West, when salmon and other migratory fish swim freely up and down our continents’ rivers, when the oceans are teeming with whales and sharks, and when all native species regain natural patterns of abundance and distribution.


Rewilding Programs and Initiatives


The Mogollon Wildway

A Big Step Toward Half Earth

The Mogollon Rim is a vast area of mountains, rivers, and forests sweeping west and north from the Gila Wilderness in southwest New Mexico to Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. It is a bold but achievable vision for connecting and protecting wild places. More...


Heartland Rewilding

Restoring Big River Connectivity and Rewilding The Mississippi River Watershed

Partisans Eastern and Western have spoken for years of the “Midwest” as “flyover country”. North America’s largest, the Mississippi River Watershed is indeed “flyover” country for millions of migratory birds, and is also stopover country for these same avian miracles, and is seasonal or year-round habitat for much of our continent’s native biota. More...

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Carnivore Advocacy

Why should we care about carnivores?

The removal of large carnivores can unleash a cascade of effects and changes throughout all ecosystem trophic levels reducing biological diversity, simplifying ecosystem structure and function, and interfering with ecological processes. Their return to impoverished ecosystems can reverse the “trophic cascade” and restore diversity and complexity to ecosystems. More...

Latest Articles And Podcast Episodes

Episode 121: Beyond Borders – Jaguar Recovery In The United States
About Before joining The Rewilding Institute, Megan “Turtle” Southern was the coordinator of the Northern Jaguar Project, where she helped[...]
Freed Andean Condors to Provide a Window into Wild Behavior in the Face of Habitat Pressures
Four Andean condors (Vultur gryphus) released in Patagonia National Park will reinforce the Patagonian population of the largest raptor in[...]
Jack Loeffler’s A Pagan Polemic: Reflections on Nature, Consciousness, and Anarchism
Imagine you have been pondering relationships between nature and culture since, in the 1950s, you watched the explosion of an[...]
Episode 120: Carnivore Conservation in the Pacific Northwest With Paula MacKay and Robert Long
About Paula MacKay has studied wild carnivores for the past two decades and is currently a carnivore conservation specialist with Seattle’s Woodland[...]
THE WAY OF THE WOLF: Learning from the Elders
Zeebie, Western Wolf, Adirondack Wildlife Refuge. Photo © D. Plumley, 2010 The Wolf CLAN Initiative    OBSERVE & LISTEN The[...]
The Wolfman: Rewilding Scotland’s Alladale Wilderness Reserve From A Cyclist’s Perspective
Alladale Wilderness Reserve is a rewilding work in progress. Day by day, the 23,000 acres gets a bit wilder. The[...]
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Around the Campfire by Dave Foreman

"During the quarter century of Around the Campfire, I’ve tried to educate, provoke, and activate conservationists on a sweeping range of ideas, issues, and subjects." ~Uncle Dave 

Dave Foreman © Jack Humphrey
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