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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

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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.

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Rewilding Programs and Initiatives

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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...

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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

New Bill Introduced to Protect Wolves in New York
Senator Hoylman-Sigal and Assembly Member Carroll introduced legislation to require DEC to collect and analyze data about large canids in[...]
The Right to be Wild: A Mexican Gray Wolf Documentary
Madeleine Torneman’s film, The Right to be Wild, tells the story of the near extinction and return to the wild[...]
Big Steps Toward Rewilding North America
Wildway Rambles, Spring 2024 On various rambles east and west, and following conversations with some of Dave Foreman’s closest friends[...]
The Voice of Eel-Grass
Once again, the state of Maine has plans to turn Sears Island into an industrial sacrifice area, as a land[...]
Exploring the Identity of Wild Canids in the Northeast
Officially, wolves haven’t lived in the Northeast since the late 1800s and today wildlife agencies define the species as “extirpated,”[...]
Who Looks After Water: A Conversation about Water’s More-Than-Human Guardians
Who Looks After Water A Conversation about Water’s More-Than-Human Guardians April 9th at 6:30PM EST ~Register~ Talking Rivers is pleased[...]
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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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