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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 125: Reflections on The 75th Anniversary of ‘A Sand County Almanac’ and the 100th Anniversary of the Gila Wilderness with Buddy Huffaker
About With an academic background in landscape architecture and plant ecology, Buddy Huffaker joined the Aldo Leopold Foundation as an[...]
Rewilded Bison Are Climate Heroes
Summary: New research from Yale University shows that 170 rewilded European Bison in Romania’s Tarcu mountains are helping to draw[...]
The Wilderness Act Is Still Protecting Nature, If We Allow It
NOTE: The following essay from Wilderness Watch's conservation director, Kevin Proescholdt, was written in direct response to a recent opinion[...]
Tohono O’odham Students, Elders Name Arizona’s Newest Wild Jaguar
SAN XAVIER, Tohono O’odham Nation— Students from schools on the Tohono O’odham Nation, as well as groups of elders and[...]
Episode 124: Rowan Kilduff On The Poetry Of Coexistence
About Rowan Kilduff is a dad, long-time mountain, hawk & wildlife enthusiast, poet, and activist-artist. He has worked on various[...]
Protecting Aldo Leopold’s Great Idea: Help Protect More of the Gila Wilderness
Spring Canyon Project Summary In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Gila Wilderness, The Wilderness Land[...]
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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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