George Wuerthner is an ecologist who has published 38 books including Wildfire; A Century of Failed Forest Policy, Welfare Ranching, Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of the Earth, Protecting the Wild: Parks and Wilderness the foundation for conservation, Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth, Thrillcraft: The Environmental Impact of Motorized Recreation, and numerous books
He is a founder of the Wildlands Project and served on the board for ten years. He also founded RESTORE the North Woods and is currently board president. In addition he founded the Park County Environmental Council and served as its first president, and is currently board president of the Western Watersheds Project and was a founder and board president of the Institute for Wildlife Protection.
He is also an advisor to Predator Project, Project Coyote, Buffalo Field Campaign and others.
He has visited more than 400 designated wilderness areas and 200 national park units.
He previously worked as a botanist for the Idaho BLM, Backcountry Ranger/biologist for the Gates of the Arctic NP, and River Ranger for several Wild and Scenic Rivers in Alaska. He also holds a commercial guide license to Yellowstone. As an undergrad, he studied wildlife biology and botany at the U of Montana, and range science (MSU), science communication (UCSC) and geography (U of Oregon) in various grad programs.