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"Nobody gets a roomful of people more inspired to take on the serious conservation challenges we face in this country than Dave Foreman does." 

-Mike Matz, Executive Director of the Campaign for America’s Wilderness


For Continental-Scale Conservation

Every year there are dozens of events, conferences, workshops, and other gatherings of interest to continental-scale conservation.  It’s hard to learn about many of these events and even harder to find information about them.  On this page, The Rewilding Institute will maintain an up-to-date list of such conferences with click-on links for more information.  Some events are of such high importance to rewilders and other conservationists that we will highlight them with more information; others we will just give the name, date, location, and link.  The events listed on this page are different from public presentations by Rewilding Institute Fellows, which are listed on another page.

Please help us make this list comprehensive!  Send us information on conferences and other events including web address that you think will be of interest to our visitors.  Click here to send such information. This list will be regularly updated, so check it often.


Lectures and Appearances for Dave Foreman

"Nobody gets a roomful of people more inspired to take on the serious conservation challenges we face in this country than Dave Foreman does. He’s got a magnetic pull that points everyone in the right direction, and a knowledge of wild places and the big mammals dependent on those places that provides a crowd with the motivation to act and act now, before it’s too late." 

-Mike Matz, Executive Director of the Campaign for America’s Wilderness


Schedule a Talk by a Rewilding Institute Fellow

To schedule a talk by a Rewilding Institute Fellow,
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Your request will be sent to the Fellow that you want to schedule.  He or she will then make arrangements directly with you.  Currently, besides Dave Foreman, three Rewilding Fellows are available for speaking arrangements.  Others will be added.  Their biographical sketches are on the Fellows page (Click Here)

Below are brief summaries of their talks suitable for publicity posters.

Background:

Humans appropriate many of the world’s habitats and much of its biological productivity, leaving wild nature with shrinking and increasingly fragmented habitats.  Historically, humans slaughtered large predators and ungulates for food and protection, resulting in massive Pleistocene extinctions particularly in North America.  Today, habitat loss is the #1 cause of extinction in the U.S. and around the world.  Conservation biologists have learned a lot about how dwindling habitats, isolated populations, the loss of top predators, and shifts in disturbance regimes threaten native species while favoring the spread of already abundant and widespread species.  These processes act to simplify and homogenize biotic communities, resulting in an impoverished ‘world of wounds’ (A. Leopold) or ‘planet of weeds’ (D. Quammen).

Can humans learn to share the Earth?  We are now in a position to use our deeper understanding of ecology to begin the vital job of restoring and re-populating wild landscapes.  These efforts range from small, local and often intense efforts to restore particular plant and animal populations to ‘rewilding’ – the effort to restore whole ecosystems.  Rewilding emphasizes Cores, Connectivity, and Carnivores.  Core habitats provide the larger areas needed to protect self-sustaining populations of all native species and the natural disturbance regimes they depend on.  Connecting these cores together via corridors and permeable landscapes allows plant and animal species to disperse, allowing the ‘rescue effect’ to function and protecting against downward spirals due to demographic and/or genetic effects.  Carnivores play an essential role in checking the growth of herbivore and meso-predator populations.  Thus, Rewilding seeks to re-establish the full set of ecological actors and interactions and embed these within habitats that are large and robust enough to sustain biological diversity indefinitely -- an efficient path to long-term conservation.  We envision several ‘MegaLinkages’ to expand and inter-connect existing conservation areas.  Learning to share the globe with wild plants and animals represents the utlimate challenge for our generation and species.


DAVID R. PARSONS

“The Importance of Carnivores”

Dave's interests include the ecology and conservation of large carnivores at meaningful scales.  His presentations include information on the ecological role and importance of large carnivores (using the gray wolf and mountain lion as focal species).  Within this broad context he reviews current thinking and theories on species interactions, ecological effectiveness, population viability, top-down ecosystem regulation, trophic cascades, and other current topics.  Dave can tailor presentations to address such conservation priorities as the role of wilderness in conserving ecological and evolutionary integrity, spatial scales required for meaningful conservation results, the importance of landscape permeability and connectivity, and the application of these concepts to the restoration and recovery of large carnivores.  In January 2004, Dave was invited to give the keynote address to initiate the Rocky Mountain National Park's “Lyceum” lecture series. Dave was the team leader for the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s successful program to reintroduce the Mexican wolf in Arizona and New Mexico.


Dr. DON WALLER

“From Conservation through Restoration to Rewilding”

The Earth is hemmoraging species in the 6th great extinction episode of all time. If we are to understand and heal human-caused wounds to the land we must develop both our science and our commitment to conserve nature.  Conservation science has helped us to understand the importance of large areas, connections among habitats, and functional populations of top carnivores like wolves and cougar.  While it remains important to restore individual habitats and species, we must also re-connect and rewild much larger areas if we are to sustain nature over evolutionary time.

Dr. Waller will explore these ideas and why our efforts to conserve habitats and species make impressive gains in some areas while failing conspicuously in others.  He began his career in conservation biology with a narrow focus on rare species demography and genetics but felt compelled to expand the scope of his studies as he became aware of the importance of landscape dynamics and ‘top-down’ predator effects. His efforts to reform forest management policies on biodiversity led him to co-author “Wild Forests:  Conservation biology and public policy” (Island Press). 


DR. ROBERT E. “BOB” HOWARD

“Reconnecting, Restoring, Rewilding”

The earth is in a sixth major species extinction episode, which is a  human-caused crisis. Understanding and healing the human-caused wounds to the land requires bold vision, applied science, and a changed land ethic.  It also requires large, landscape-level networks of wildlands.
To build such complex systems, and get them to function properly, takes detailed blueprints or maps, and scientifically sound, well-engineered plans.  Reconnecting, restoring, and rewilding are approaches to conserving wild nature, and suggest possibilities for both interpretation and action.

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To inquire about arranging a lecture by Dave Foreman or other Fellows, please contact us.


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