National Wilderness Conference Keynote Speaker: Dave Foreman, longtime wilderness advocate

Dave Foreman has been a wilderness conservationist since 1971. From 1973 to 1980, he worked for The Wilderness Society as Southwest Regional Representative in New Mexico and as Director of Wilderness Affairs in Washington, D.C. He served on the Board of Trustees for the New Mexico Chapter of The Nature Conservancy from 1976 to 1980, and from 1982 to 1988, he was editor of the Earth First! Journal.

Foreman is a founder of the Wildlands Project and was its Chairman from 1991-2003, and was Executive Editor or Publisher of Wild Earth from 1991-2003. 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. He is currently the Executive Director and Senior Fellow of the Rewilding Institute, a conservation "think tank" advancing ideas of continental conservation.

He speaks widely about wildlife conservation and is author of Rewilding North America; The Lobo Outback Funeral Home; Confessions of an Eco-Warrior; and The Big Outside. His book Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife (2011) deals with human overpopulation and its effects on wildlife. His latest book, Take Back Conservation (2012), examines how the work of wilderness and wildlife conservationists is being undermined and weakened by "enviro-resourcists." Foreman's work appears in many anthologies, including Rediscovery of the Wild (2013) and Life on the Brink (2012). His internet column, Around the Campfire, is featured on the Rewilding Institute's website, and deals with a wide range of conservation issues.

Foreman 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 and was named by Audubon Magazine in 1998 as one of the "100 Champions of Conservation of the 20th Century." He is considered one of the most effective and inspirational public speakers in the conservation movement. Foreman has spent much of his life backpacking, running rivers, and photographing wilderness and wildlife. He lives in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Foreman will be speaking at the National Wilderness Conference on Sunday, October 19th as part of the following: Inspiration for the Future of Wilderness with keynote speakers Monica Patel and Christina Mills, wilderness fellows; Robert Glenn Ketchum, conservation photographer and founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers; Dave Foreman, longtime wilderness advocate