Episode 37: Kirk Robinson on State Wildlife Governance and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation
Kirk Robinson is the founder and executive director of the Western Wildlife Conservancy. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to founding Western Wildlife Conservancy, Kirk earned a Ph.D. in philosophy and taught courses at universities in Montana and Utah for 15 years. His favorite activities are exploring the wildlands of the American West and trying to learn to play fiddle tunes on acoustic guitar.
Kirk is also a member of the Rewilding Leadership Council.
- Who really pays the most for conservation programs on state lands? (Hint: not hunters and anglers!)
- Resourcism vs. ecosystem resilience
- Feedlots, Elk, disease, and the answer to healthy herds
- The extreme bias of wildlife boards toward hunting, lack of diversity
- Read Kirk’s article: “A Philosophical Critique of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation“
- Visit and support: Western Wildlife Conservancy
- Listen to Episode 13: Camilla Fox Project Coyote for more background on state & federal mismanagement of wildlife, in particular pertaining to coyotes.
Director of Digital Outreach (D.O.D.O.) for The Rewilding Institute
Host and Producer of the Rewilding Earth Podcast
Jack started Rewilding work as Executive Director of Sky Island Alliance in the mid-1990’s, organizing the Sky Island Wildlands Network design, ripping up illegal roads on forest service lands, installing wolf acclimatization pens on Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch & conducting howling surveys to help make way for the final stage of the Lobo reintroduction program in the Southwest.
Through the years, Jack has worked with Dave Foreman and the Rewilding Gang to further Rewilding initiatives and education.