John Davis

Co-founder and Conservation Athlete Ambassador for Wildlands Network, Author

John Davis, a “tri-athlete meets John Muir” explorer, also is a founder of Wildlands Network, past editor of the widely respected Wild Earth magazine, writer, naturalist and conservationist. Throughout his career, this Adirondack native with an indomitable passion for nature has supported continental-size wildlife corridors called Wildways. His hope continues to be that more people will awaken to the important role Wildways play and that we will find respite in the existence of these large landscapes. Through blogs, website, video, in-person appearances and his unique style of storytelling, he will introduce us to animals, places, and people that hold the key to a healthy future — a future with nature in it.

Most recently, John served as director of conservation for the Adirondack Council and as land steward for the Eddy Foundation. From 1997 through 2003, Davis was the biodiversity and wilderness program officer for the Foundation for Deep Ecology, based in Sausalito, California, where he helped identify conservation projects deserving of the foundation’s financial support.

In August of 2003, Davis won the “Distinguished Achievement in Open Space Protection” award from the Adirondack Council for his habitat protection work in the Split Rock Wildway.

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, John spent much of his youth in New Hampshire. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. John currently lives in Essex, New York with his family.

Davis’s passion has always been to explore wilderness, having hiked and camped in many of North America’s wildest backcountry areas, including paddling more than 300 miles on northern Alaska’s Noatak River and his most recent adventure, the 7,600 human-powered trek to scout the Eastern Wildway.