October 27, 2023 | By:

Episode 116: A Lifetime of Advocacy for the Protection and Restoration America’s Wild Northeastern Forests

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Jamie Sayen


A native of New Jersey, Jamie discovered his passion for Wild Nature surrounded by meadows and forests near his home and on a family outing in an old growth forest in the Quebec wilderness. In 1986 he bought a log cabin in northern New Hampshire where he still lives.

In 1985 Jamie became involved with Earth First!, and his “Preserve Appalachian Wilderness Proposal” appeared in the May 1987 issue of the Earth First! Journal. The following year, working as a reporter for the local weekly, he stumbled upon news that former Diamond International timberlands were for sale. Jamie quit his job and formed first “Preserve Appalachian Wilderness” (PAW) and later “Northern Appalachian Restoration Project” (NARP) to fight the destruction of wild areas and spectacular old-growth in northern New England.

Jamie continues to advocate for big wilderness and continental-scale wildlands networks. He is an author who has written You Had a Job for Life,” and “Children of the Northern Forest: Wild New England’s History from Glaciers to Global Warming.”

Jamie is also Rewilding Leadership Council member.

  • What happens when a degraded forest plot is sold vs what should happen
  • How towns are coping with the loss of the single extractive industry that formerly propped them up
  • Learning to live within hard limits of nature
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Jeff Hoffman
6 months ago

Wow, I remember Jamie from Earth First! in the 1980s. Glad to see he’s still doing this.

Cindy Roper
4 months ago

after listening to this I feel like Jamie is my brother from another mother. Spot on and resonates deeply.

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