"Behind Earthroots there are individuals who wear their passions on their sleeve, who are dedicated to a cause, and work tirelessly to get the message out. I thank all those who have made it happen over the years and am proud of the ongoing campaigns that inspire others to take action."
- Hap Wilson, Earthroots Founder, Artist, Photographer, and Author
Earthroots is a grassroots conservation organization dedicated to the protection of Ontario’s wilderness, wildlife and watersheds, through research, education and action.
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!
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
Ellen Greenwood Greenwood and Associates
Marjan Lahuis Ontario Environment Industry Association / Consulate General of the Netherlands
David Oved Environmental Consultant
Hap Wilson Earthroots Co-founder / Author / Trails and Tourism Consultant
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 Vanessa Alsop, Earthroots Forest Campaign Advisor / Science and Environmental Education Specialist Andrew Athanasiu, Senior Policy Advisor to Councilor Carly Armstrong, Former Forest Campaigner, Earthroots / Communications Specialist Audrey Bankley, Former Outreach Coordinator and Event Planner, Earthroots / Entrepreneur Lesli Bisgould, Animal Rights Lawyer Mark Calzavara, Community Organizer Josh Garfinkel, Senior Campaigner Kim Cowan, Former Economic Development Officer, Temagami First Nation Evan Ferrari, Program Manager, Community Energy Partnerships Program 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 Lea Ann Mallett, Former Campaign Director / Co-Director, Earthroots / Activist / Speaker / Writer Barry Kent MacKay, Naturalist / Writer / Artist Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party of 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 Lesley Sampson, Founding Executive Director, Coyote Watch Canada Dr. John Theberge & Mary Theberge, Wolf Researchers Jason Van Bruggen, Director / Photographer / Partner, Dot Dot Dash Phil Winters, Co-Founder and CEO, GoodLot Farmstead Brewing Company / Solar Energy Consultant
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!
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