Earthroots is a grassroots conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of wilderness, wildlife and watersheds in Canada, with a focus on Ontario.
We have been on the front lines of wilderness conservation since 1986, when our predecessor organization, the Temagami Wilderness Society (TWS) was formed. The TWS was created to fight for the preservation of rare old growth white and red pine forests in the Temagami region of northern Ontario. After campaign success in the Temagami region, the organization changed its name to Earthroots in 1991, in order to broaden the organization’s campaign focus beyond the Temagami issue.
Earthroots consists of two separate organizations: Earthroots Fund, a charitable organization (registration #135165140 RR0001) that engages in public education and research, and Earthroots Coalition, a non-profit organization that engages in advocacy and action. Earthroots' campaigns focus on achieving meaningful protection for Ontario's threatened wilderness areas and wildlife species. Earthroots acts on behalf of 12,000 supporters across the country.
Earthroots is a strong advocate and agitator for wilderness preservation in Ontario, combining grassroots campaign strategies with effective research and educational programs. Since 1986, Earthroots has used its grassroots expertise to organize, educate and mobilize the public, conduct successful media events, carry out wilderness research projects and ensure proper forest management planning.
We empower thousands of Canadians each year to advocate for better environmental protection and achieve conservation victories!
Left to right: Dave Vasey, Teresita Tanjanlangit, Josh Garfinkel, Hannah Barron, Tyler MacDougall, Amber Ellis. Absent: David Sone
Director, Wildlife Conservation Campaigns
Director, Southern Ontario Campaigns
Director, Northern Ontario Campaigns
Volunteer Coordinator / Administrative Assistant
Board of Directors
Gord Miller, Chair
Former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario / Consulting Ecologist
Andrea Wilson, Vice-Chair
Ethics Professional / Eco-tourism Entrepreneur
John Willms, Secretary / Treasurer
Former Environmental Law Specialist / Willms Institutional Strengthening
Greenwood and Associates
Ontario Environment Industry Association / Consulate General of the Netherlands
Earthroots Co-founder / Author / Trails and Tourism Consultant
Special thanks to
Lawyer, Ruby & Shiller
for 20 years of dedicated service to Earthroots!
Council of Patrons
Robert Bateman - Wildlife Artist / Author
Dr. Robert McGhee - Curator of Archaeology, Canadian Museum of Nature
Farley Mowat - Author / Wildlife Advocate (RIP Farley - 1921 - 2014)
Les Stroud - "Survivorman", TV Personality and Survival Expert
Steve Abrams - Co-founder, Mill Street Brewery
Andrew Athanasiu - Senior Policy Advisor to Councillor Josh Matlow, Toronto City Hall
Carly Armstrong - Former Forest Campaigner, Earthroots / Communications Specialist
Audrey Bankley - Former Outreach Coordinator / Event Planner, Earthroots
Lesli Bisgould - Animal Rights Lawyer
Jean Buie - Lawyer
Mark Calzavara - Community Organizer
Evan Ferrari - Program Manager, Community Energy Partnerships Program
Brigitte Hebert - Communications Specialist
Abbey Huggan - Artist / Urban Agriculturalist / Community Educator
Mark Kear - Former Temagami Campaigner, Earthroots
Peter Kelly - Cliff Ecology Research Group
Josh Kohler - Former Southern Ontario Campaigner, Earthroots / Urban Planner
Elizabeth May - Leader, Green Party of Canada
Barry Kent MacKay - Naturalist / Writer / Artist
Melissa Matlow - Campaigner, World Animal Protection Canada
Doug McRae - Naturalist / Writer / Guide
Bob Olajos - Director, Friends of Temagami
Blaine Pearson - Partner, Dot Dot Dash
Dr. Peter Quinby - Ancient Forest Exploration & Research
Wayne Roberts - Former Project Coordinator, Toronto Food Policy Council / Author
Lesley Sampson - Founding Executive Director, Coyote Watch Canada
Phil Saunders - Communications Specialist
Dr. John Theberge & Mary Theberge - Wolf Researchers
Nicole Thouard - Director of Development, Wildlands League
Jason Van Bruggen - Director / Photographer / Partner, Dot Dot Dash
Phil Winters - Business Development Manager, Renewable Energy, Canada at Eaton
Donations from the public are essential to the success of Earthroots' campaigns to protect wilderness, wildlife and watersheds in Ontario - we are very grateful for the ongoing financial support from our members. Our donors, volunteers and dedicated staff make our important work possible!
We would also like to thank the following foundations and granting programs for their generous support of our projects: