Founder of Wildlands Project to Speak at Center for the Environment Facility


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“Overpopulation, Mass Extinction and Rewilding” will be the topic of a presentation by the founder of the Wildlands Project Tuesday, April 19, at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus.

Sponsors for the event are Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, Davidson College’s Environmental Studies Program, Warren Wilson College's Environmental Leadership Center, Elon University’s Center for Environmental Studies, the LandTrust for Central North Carolina and the Center for the Environment at Catawba College.

Named by Audubon Magazine in 1998 as one of the 100 Champions of Conservation of the 20th Century, Dave Foreman is executive director and senior fellow of The Rewilding Institute, a conservation think tank which advances ideas of continental conservation.

Foreman will talk about worldwide mass extinction and ongoing efforts to turn it back. “This is the greatest challenge to our goodness and ethics we humans have ever faced,” he says.  

“To deal with the overwhelming ecological crisis, we must work to stabilize population worldwide and to lower our wasteful demands for energy and ‘stuff,’” he continues.  “We also need to continue the traditional work of wildland and wildlife conservation, but in a grander and more visionary scale.”

A wilderness conservationist since 1971, Foreman worked for The Wilderness Society during the 1970s as Southwest regional representative in New Mexico and as director of Wilderness Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Foreman served as a member of the board of trustees for the New Mexico Chapter of The Nature Conservancy from 1976 to 1980. He has also served as editor of the Earth First! Journal and executive editor and publisher of Wild Earth. He was a member of the national Board of Directors of the Sierra Club from 1995 to 1997 and is a founder of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.

The author of Rewilding North America and other books, Foreman speaks widely on conservation issues.

He is the lead author and network designer of the Sky Islands Wildlands Network Conservation Plan and the New Mexico Highlands Wildlands Network Vision from The Wildlands Project. He received the 1996 Paul Petzoldt Award for Excellence in Wilderness Education.

Foreman will have copies of his latest book, Rewilding North America, with him for purchase and signing. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 300 of the Center building. The event is free but reservations are required. To reserve a space, contact 704.637.4727 or visit


The Center for the Environment at Catawba College was founded in 1996 to provide education and outreach centered on prevalent environmental challenges and to foster community-oriented sustainable solutions that can serve as a model for programs throughout the country.

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