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Rewilding North America: A Vision for Conservation in the 21st Century
by Dave Foreman
Dave Foreman is one of North America's most creative and effective conservation leaders, an outspoken proponent of protecting and restoring the earth's wildness, and a visionary thinker. Over the past 30 years, he has helped set direction for some of our most influential conservation organizations, served as editor and publisher of key conservation journals, and shared ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Island Press
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Foreman's vision of a rewilded North America is compelling, well-researched, evocatively written, and passionately and occasionally wittily framed. Foreman's love of and long engagement with the wild places of North America shines through, and I found his understanding of the history of conservation biology and its sometimes contested relationship with the broader (amateur) conservation movement interesting and instructive. As someone who's been engaged with environmentalism and animal advocacy ...more
A good summary of arguments for conserving biological diversity through wildlife and proposed methods of doing it. Particularly useful for me was a good explanation of the often unintuitive ways that healthy populations of large carnivores can promote diversity. My one criticism is that Foreman sometimes uses incendiary language that would be counterproductive for persuading skeptical readers.