Rewilding the American West
Oxford University Press
After taking office, President Biden signed an executive order announcing his America the Beautiful plan to conserve 30% of US land and water by 2030. He challenged Americans to collaboratively “conserve, connect, and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife upon which we all depend” at a national scale (US Departments 2021, p. 9). Here, we take a major step in advancing President Biden's plan by envisioning a bold and science-based rewilding of publicly owned federal lands (hereafter, federal lands) in the American West. Beyond concerns for human survival and flourishing, a principled commitment to the natural world and a sense of moral urgency underpins the motivation for our proposal.
Ripple, W. J., C. Wolf, M. K. Phillips, R. L. Beschta, J. A. Vucetich, J. B. Kauffman, B. E. Law, A. J. Wirsing, J. E. Lambert, E. Leslie, C. Vynne, E. Dinerstein, R. Noss, G. Wuerthner, D. A. DellaSala, J. T. Bruskotter, M. P. Nelson, E. Crist, C. Darimont, and D. M. Ashe. 2022. Rewilding the American West. BioScience 72:931-935.