Keeping the Wild

Against the Domestication of Earth

  • George Wuerthner
  • Eileen Crist
  • Tom Butler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Clashing Worldviews

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Paul Kingsnorth
      Pages 3-9
    3. David W. Kidner
      Pages 10-15
    4. Eileen Crist
      Pages 16-30
    5. Claudio Campagna, Daniel Guevara
      Pages 55-65
    6. Michael Soulé
      Pages 66-80
  3. Against Domestication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. David Ehrenfeld
      Pages 85-108
    3. Tim Caro, Jack Darwin, Tavis Forrester, Cynthia Ledoux-Bloom, Caitlin Wells
      Pages 109-113
    4. George Wuerthner
      Pages 162-173
  4. The Value of the Wild

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Roderick Frazier Nash
      Pages 183-187
    3. Sandra Lubarsky
      Pages 188-196
    4. Howie Wolke
      Pages 197-204
    5. Lisi Krall
      Pages 205-210
    6. Terry Tempest Williams
      Pages 211-214
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 217-271

About this book


Is it time to embrace the so-called “Anthropocene”—the age of human dominion—and to abandon tried-and-true conservation tools such as parks and wilderness areas? Is the future of Earth to be fully domesticated, an engineered global garden managed by technocrats to serve humanity? The schism between advocates of rewilding and those who accept and even celebrate a “post-wild” world is arguably the hottest intellectual battle in contemporary conservation.

In Keeping the Wild, a group of prominent scientists, writers, and conservation activists responds to the Anthropocene-boosters who claim that wild nature is no more (or in any case not much worth caring about), that human-caused extinction is acceptable, and that “novel ecosystems” are an adequate replacement for natural landscapes. With rhetorical fists swinging, the book’s contributors argue that these “new environmentalists” embody the hubris of the managerial mindset and offer a conservation strategy that will fail to protect life in all its buzzing, blossoming diversity.

With essays from Eileen Crist, David Ehrenfeld, Dave Foreman, Lisi Krall, Harvey Locke, Curt Meine, Kathleen Dean Moore, Michael Soulé, Terry Tempest Williams and other leading thinkers, Keeping the Wild provides an introduction to this important debate, a critique of the Anthropocene boosters’ attack on traditional conservation, and unapologetic advocacy for wild nature.


Anthropocene Conservation Ecology Protected area

Editors and affiliations

  • George Wuerthner
    • 1
  • Eileen Crist
    • 2
  • Tom Butler
    • 3
  1. 1.Foundation for Deep EcologyLivingstonUSA
  2. 2.Virginia Tech Science and Technology in SocietyBlacksburgUSA
  3. 3.Northeast Wilderness Trust CorporationHuntingtonUSA

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