John McCarthy

Caxton Press

Working the Wilderness: Early Leaders for Wild Land relates the stories of five U.S. Forest Service workers who literally wrote the book on working and living in the wilderness. Idaho Matters talks with author John McCarthy about these early pioneers of wilderness protection.

John McCarthy

Until last week, John McCarthy was the Idaho Forest Program Director at the Wilderness Society.  He’s stepping down after a 30-year career in conservation.  McCarthy made a name for himself at the Society, and before that at the Idaho Conservation League, working to preserve some of Idaho’s most pristine places.  He says he got started in conservation after working in the media.