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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 with readers his unique style and outlook in widely acclaimed books including The Big Outside and Confessions of an Eco-Warrior.
In Rewilding North America, Dave Foreman takes on arguably the biggest ecological threat of our time: the global extinction crisis. He not only explains the problem in clear and powerful terms, but also offers a bold, hopeful, scientifically credible, and practically achievable solution.
Foreman begins by setting out the specific evidence that a mass extinction is happening and analyzes how humans are causing it. Adapting Aldo Leopold's idea of ecological wounds, he details human impacts on species survival in seven categories, including direct killing, habitat loss and fragmentation, exotic species, and climate change. Foreman describes recent discoveries in conservation biology that call for wildlands networks instead of isolated protected areas, and, reviewing the history of protected areas, shows how wildlands networks are a logical next step for the conservation movement. The final section describes specific approaches for designing such networks (based on the work of the Wildlands Project, an organization Foreman helped to found) and offers concrete and workable reforms for establishing them. The author closes with an inspiring and empowering call to action for scientists andactivists alike.
Rewilding North America offers both a vision and a strategy for reconnecting, restoring, and rewilding the North American continent, and is an essential guidebook for anyone concerned with the future of life on earth.
"Foreman somehow manages to be comprehensive, historically informed, accurate, and succinct. This makes the book surprisingly well suited to serve as a text for introductory courses in ecology or conservation biology. The book's provocative vision will certainly spark interest and lively discussion."
About the Author
Dave Foreman is Director of The Rewilding Institute, a non-profit conservation think tank based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is dedicated to developing and promoting the ideas, strategies, and vision of continental-scale conservation.
Table of Contents
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PART I. Bad News
Chapter 1. The Extinction Crisis
Chapter 2. The Pleistocene-Holocene Event: Forty Thousand Years of Extinction
Chapter 3. The First Wave
Chapter 4. The Second and Third Waves
Chapter 5. Ecological Wounds of North America 1: Direct Killing and Habitat Loss
Chapter 6. Ecological Wounds of North America 2: Fragmentation, Loss of Ecological Processes, Exotic Species, Pollution, and Climate Change
PART II. Good News
Chapter 7. Conservation Biology
Chapter 8. Rewilding North America
Chapter 9. Selecting and Designing Protected Areas: The Early Days
Chapter 10. Selecting and Designing Protected Areas: The Past Two Decades
Chapter 11. The Importance of Wilderness Areas
PART III. Taking Action
Chapter 12. Putting the Pieces Together: Building a North American Wildlands Network
Chapter 13. An Ecological Approach to Wilderness Area Selection and Design
Chapter 14. Land Management Reforms for Implementing the North American Wildlands Network
Chapter 15. Hope for the Future
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