Public Lands Media is an independent, non-partisan, source of ecological and conservation information. We research, write, and publish articles, essays, and editorials on a variety of natural resource/environmental topics.

We also provide information and assistance and links to scientists, the public, conservation groups and others  so they can make better informed decisions on complex ecological issues. 

Our goal is to provide scientifically informed perspectives on current conservation/environmental issues. 

Hiker enjoying the lush beauty of Koke e` state park Kauai, Hawaii 

Hiker enjoying the lush beauty of Koke e` state park Kauai, Hawaii 


About George Wuerthner  


I am an ecologist, writer, photographer who has worked on public lands issues for four decades. I specialize in researching and writing about public lands and natural resource issues. 

My areas of expertise include wildfire/forest ecology, predator ecology, national parks and wilderness history, conservation history, livestock grazing impacts, energy development impacts, conservation strategy and conservation planning. 

I am particularly well versed in western public lands, and have visited all the western national forests, and BLM districts.I have also at one time or another been to over 400 designated wilderness areas, over 180 national park units including every unit in Alaska, as well as the major national wildlife refuges, state parks, and other public lands throughout the West.

I have published 38 books including Parks and Conservation: The Foundation for Conservation, Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of the Earth, Wildfire: A Century of Failed Forest Policy, Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West, Energy: Over development and Over consumption, Alaska Mountain Ranges, Nevada Mountain Ranges, Yellowstone the Fires of Changes,  I studied Zoology/Wildlife Biology/Botany at the University of Montana, and for graduate school, I studied Range Science at Montana State University, Science Communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Geography at the University of Oregon.

Most recently I was the Ecological Projects Director/Senior Scientist for the Foundation for Deep Ecology and Tompkins Conservation for 12 years.  

Previous to this position, I have taught ecology courses and environmental writing as adjunct lecturer at a number of universities, worked as botanist/backcountry ranger, river ranger, biologist and forestry technician for various federal agencies including the BLM, NPS, and FS as well as a wilderness guide in Alaska and Yellowstone National Park. 


George backpacking in the Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve 

George backpacking in the Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve