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About Wild Heritage

Our Mission

To protect and restore ecosystem integrity and safeguard biocultural diversity around the world.

Our Focus

Primary forest protection, protected areas and ecological restoration.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

CYRIL KORMOS, Founder / Executive Director

Cyril is Founder and Executive Director of Wild Heritage, a project of Earth Island Institute. He also serves as IUCN-WCPA Vice-Chair for World Heritage, is a member of IUCN’s World Heritage Panel and chairs the IUCN-WCPA World Heritage Network. Cyril is also a co-founder and coordinator of IntAct: International Action for Primary Forests. He also serves as a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Primary Forest Task Team and of the Griffith University Primary Forests and Climate Change Research Projects and as a member of the Wild Europe Executive Committee. He was a Lui-Walton Innovator’s Fellow at Conservation International from 2016-2018 and became a National Geographic Explorer in 2018. 

Cyril has edited several books, including A Handbook on International Wilderness Law and Policy (Fulcrum Publishing) and two books in the CEMEX Nature Series: Earth’s Legacy: Natural World Heritage and A Geography of Hope: Saving Primary Forests. He has also published extensively in scientific and policy journals and was a member of Project Drawdown’s Scientific Advisory Board for the Drawdown book edited by Paul Hawken.

Prior to Wild Heritage, Cyril was Vice President for Policy at the WILD Foundation, and before WILD, was Senior Director for Program Management in the President’s Office at Conservation International.

Cyril holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.Sc. in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. Cyril was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management in 2015-2016.

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Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala is Chief Scientist at Wild Heritage, and former President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America Section. He is an internationally renowned author of over 200 science papers on forest and fire ecology, conservation biology, endangered species management, and landscape ecology. Dominick has given plenary and keynote talks ranging from academic conferences to the United Nations Earth Summit. He has appeared in National Geographic, Science Digest, Science Magazine, Scientific American, Time Magazine, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine, High Country News, Terrain Magazine, NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNN, MSNBC, “Living on Earth (NPR),” several PBS documentaries and even Fox News! Dominick has served on numerous committees, including White House Council task forces on forests and the Oregon’s Global Warming Commission carbon task force reporting to the governor. He is editor of scientific journals and publications. His book “Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World: Ecology and Conservation” received an academic excellence award from Choice magazine, one of the nation’s top book review journals. His recent co-authored book– The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix – presents groundbreaking science on the ecological importance of wildfires. Dominick is motivated by his work to leave a living planet for his daughters, grandkids and all those that follow.

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“Polite conservationists leave no mark save the scars upon the Earth that could have been prevented had they stood their ground.”  David Brower

Our Partners

Wild Heritage is based in Berkeley, California and is a project of Earth Island Institute (EII), a 501(c)(3) organization (i.e. a charitable, not for profit organization), which provides fiscal sponsorship to conservationists around the world.

Wild Heritage
PO Box 9451
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 862-5359

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