Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Occasional TW contributor Dave Maass interviews environmentalist Dave Foreman, a former Tucsonan and one of the founders of Earth First!, at the Santa Fe Reporter's blog. Foreman, who faced some trumped-up federal charges many moons ago, is now the brains behind the Rewilding Institute, which is pushing to ensure we have unspoiled wilderness and large carnivores in the United States.
As Foreman explains it:
"Rewilding" is basically helping the wilderness and wildlife conservation movement evolve with the influence of the science of conservation biology and saying we need to look at large landscapes, even on the continental level, to do real conservation. Rewilding is based on recent research that shows the importance of large carnivores, such as wolves or mountain lions. When large carnivores are lost from a ecosystem, the ecosystem begins to unravel. Yellowstone National Park is a great example. So, the Rewilding Institute works a lot on supporting the recovery of large carnivores, such as the Mexican wolf. We just recently put out a brochure on a North American continental vision for wolf recovery.