John Davis is a wildways scout, editor, and writer, working part-time for Wildlands Network and full-time for wild Nature. John was a co-founder of Wildlands Network twenty years ago and has served on its board of directors most of the time since. John was also co-founder of Wild Earth journal (with Dave Foreman, Reed Noss, Mary Byrd Davis, and David Johns) and served as its editor from 1991-96, when he turned editorship over to his long-time friend and colleague Tom Butler and went to work for the Foundation for Deep Ecology. John oversaw FDEâ€™s Biodiversity and Wildness program from 1997-2002. He then joined the Eddy Foundation as a board member and continues to serve as volunteer land steward for that foundation in its work to conserve lands in Split Rock Wildway. This wildlife corridor, inspired by Wildlands Network, links New Yorkâ€™s Champlain Valley with the Adirondack High Peaks via the West Champlain Hills.
In 2011, John completed TrekEast, a 7600-mile muscle-powered exploration of wilder parts of the eastern United States and southeastern Canada, to promote restoration and protection of an Eastern Wildway. In June, John’s E-Book about the first third of that adventure “Big, Wild and Connected Part I: From the Florida Peninsula to the Coastal Plain” and published by Island Press will be available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Powell’s Bookstore online stores.
In late January, 2013, John set out from Sonora, Mexico for his TrekWest. He traversed the Rockies as far north as southern British Columbia, Canada, before finishing his trek in late October, along with Y2 Y’s Karsten Heuer and other supporters. Â Along the way, he promoted habitat connections, big wild cores, and wide ranging species, including top predators â€“ all of which would be well served by fuller protection of the Western Wildway he explored. John was carried on the figurative shoulders of his sponsors and the Western Wildway Network of conservation partners…all found here on the trekwest.org site.
A “writer by Nature,” John shares his travels through his timeless blogs that follow.