This true warrior has an undying passion for the wilderness. Dave Foreman lives his life larger than most in order to protect wilderness for it’s own sake. In the 1980s he co-founded Earth First! in response to what he believed many environmentalists were “not doing” at that time. He believed that there needed to be an “activist” organization that “did things.” This video is a great insight into one of the co-founders of Earth First! You may also enjoy watching our interviews of Mike Roselle and Bart Koehler, the other founders of Earth First!

Michael Dombeck is well known for his dedication to responsible stewardship of America's public lands. He has served as Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management and as the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service.  He is also an educator and scientist. He is a University of Wisconsin (UW) Fellow and a retired Professor of Global Conservation at UW.  In this video conversation with Huey Johnson, Mr. Dombeck discusses his professional accomplishments with the Roadless Rule and why this Rule was so important in managing public lands for future generations.

John Leshy is the distinguished emeritus law professor (U.C. Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco) known for his expertise in federal land use laws: water law, Indian law, and mining law among others. He has advised both the Clinton and Obama administrations and served as the Solicitor (General Council) for the U.S. Department of the Interior during the Clinton administration. Dr. Leshy shares his views concerning the management of our public trust lands and some of the challenges we face. He explains why it is essential to keep these lands in the public domain.

Michael Wright, former director of the Nature Conservancy's International Program, shares a snapshot of his 35-years of experience in land conservation. In developing countries, how does conservation affect the poor and subsistence populations in areas targeted for parks? How can we better negotiate international conservation projects so that the projects balance competing interests? Michael has spent his career working on this issue and shares a few ideas.

Don't let his modesty fool you. Michael Wright takes his relay races seriously! Michael shares his view about operating "along the edges" of the environmental movement. In nature, ecologists know that this is the zone where the greatest biological diversity exists. A lawyer by education, Michael is extremely agile at maneuvering among the complexities found in this zone. His 35-year career illustrates his special ability in advancing international conservation and poverty alleviation.

Joseph Sax, famous for his legal paper about the public trust doctrine that eventually saved Mono Lake, speaks about water policy and how water is managed. Professor Sax's pragmatic views on water policy are discussed.