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He has more than 40 years experience as a wilderness guide, interpretive naturalist and bush pilot flying the wilds of Alaska. He's a Master Guide, licensed Coast Guard Captain with strong expertise in marine biology. He is an elected member of the Explorer's Club and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and is a Nationally Certified Yoga Teacher. He has served as a Smithsonian National Board Member, a Trustee for The Nature Conservancy and Wilderness Foundation board member. He was awarded a Legislative Citation for Practical Activism. He was an Advisory Board member and pilot for Lighthawk, "Volunteer pilots flying for conservation in America” and a founding patron of Bateleurs, “Volunteer pilots flying for conservation in Africa” and is an elected member of the Africa Game Rangers Association. His Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge has won a score of international awards and is listed in the NY Times Best Seller "1000 Places To See Before You Die" . Web site: alaskawildernesslodge.com
His new book The Last Wilderness-Alaska's Wild Coast is available at Fulcrum Books

10th World Wilderness Congress To Convene in Salamanca Spain Oct. 4

  Why would members of remote tribal communities, heads of state, Nobel Laureates, local activists, scientists, artists, and people like you plan to travel to Salamanca Spain? The l0th World Wilderness Congress will convene there on October 4 involving a great diversity of people, professions and activists who understand the importance of wild nature to…

Hawaiian Cultural Charter School Demonstrates Food Sustainability

Kua o ka ‘La ——— the syllables roll off the tongue as only the Hawaiian language can, like the white crested waves  rolling up the black sand volcanic beaches. Literally  it means  “back of the sun”. This unique event occurred  within the sound of the surf where the school depends on the sun! This environmental…

Congo Game Ranger Conservationist Atamato Gunned Down

I was in the Congo a few months before this tragedy in association with The Frankfort Zoological Society which was awarded a $3.42 million grant from the European Union. We were tasked with writing a Master Plan for the recovery of The Kundelungu and Upemba National Parks devastated by war and corruption. Upemba,  where Atamato…

Unique Alaskan Orcas Slip Toward Extinction

One spill-echoing artwork, a ceramic wall-mounted sculpture called “Eyak’s Jaw,” was made in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Within a rich bed of intertidal life forms – sea start, kelps, and urchins, a viewer glimpses the jawbone and conical teeth of an orca. The actual jawbone of the male…

Oil Rig in Alaskan Critical Habitat Area

Kachemak Bay in Lower Cook Inlet lies 125 miles south of Anchorage. It’s been statistically documented as one of the world’s richest and most biologically diverse marine ecosystems, and has been properly called the “Jewel in Alaska’s Coastal Crown” because of its remarkably rich terrestrial and marine resources.     Yet since the expansion of…

Auksalaq: An Alaskan Telematic Climate Change Opera

Auksalaq is the Alaskan Native Inupiat word for  melting snow and ice and is a state of the art electronic Telematic Opera, a living, breathing Tour de Force. This avant-garde musical production (http://auksalaq.org/) provides a vehicle for an expanding societal conversation. Auksalaq is a significant cultural event that marries science as the brain, art as…

Trying to restore National Parks in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Upemba and Kundelungu National Parks in Democratic Republic of Congo were once teeming with wildlife. 12,000 square miles of magnificent wilderness have been impoverished of wildlife in decades of civil war and lawlessness. An international group of experts gathered in April 2012 to begin  work towards restoration. Here at the (not so) Grand Hotel…

International Group Helps Congo Create Master Plan To Rebuild Two National Parks

On the 10th and llth of April 2012, an important series of meetings were convened in Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) whose process and outcome constitute environmental news worth monitoring by an international audience. In this series of blogs the author will report on the proceedings and insights gained with follow-up visits…