Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Bold Thinking about Protecting the Wild

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Reed F. Noss, Andrew P. Dobson, Robert Baldwin, Paul Beier, Cory R. Davis, Dominick A. Dellasala et al.
      Pages 16-20
    3. Daniel F. Doak, Victoria J. Bakker, Bruce Evan Goldstein, Benjamin Hale
      Pages 27-35
    4. Anthony R. E. Sinclair
      Pages 72-79
  3. Rewilding Earth, Rewilding Ourselves

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Eileen Crist
      Pages 82-95
    3. Christof Schenck
      Pages 96-104
    4. George Wuerthner
      Pages 131-143
    5. Spencer R. Phillips
      Pages 154-161
  4. Protected Areas: The Foundation for Conservation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Michael J. Kellett
      Pages 194-207
    3. Curtis H. Freese
      Pages 208-214
    4. Marc J. Dourojeanni
      Pages 215-225
    5. Carlos Cuevas
      Pages 226-241
    6. Barbara, Christoph Promberger
      Pages 242-249
    7. Richard P. Reading, Ganchimeg Wingard, Tuvdendorj Selenge, Sukh Amgalanbaatar
      Pages 257-265
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 277-362

About this book


Protected natural areas have historically been the primary tool of conservationists to conserve land and wildlife. These parks and reserves are set apart to forever remain in contrast to those places where human activities, technologies, and developments prevail. But even as the biodiversity crisis accelerates, a growing number of voices are suggesting that protected areas are passé. Conservation, they argue, should instead focus on lands managed for human use—working landscapes—and abandon the goal of preventing human-caused extinctions in favor of maintaining ecosystem services to support people. If such arguments take hold, we risk losing support for the unique qualities and values of wild, undeveloped nature. Protecting the Wild offers a spirited argument for the robust protection of the natural world. In it, experts from five continents reaffirm that parks, wilderness areas, and other reserves are an indispensable—albeit insufficient—means to sustain species, subspecies, key habitats, ecological processes, and evolutionary potential. A companion volume to Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth, Protecting the Wild provides a necessary addition to the conversation about the future of conservation in the so-called Anthropocene, one that will be useful for academics, policymakers, and conservation practitioners at all levels, from local land trusts to international NGOs.


Conservation Ecology Endangered species Protected areas

Editors and affiliations

  • George Wuerthner
    • 1
  • Eileen Crist
    • 2
  • Tom Butler
  1. 1.Foundation for Deep EcologyLivingstonUSA
  2. 2.Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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