Our Honorary Board

Our esteemed Honorary Board members offer our loyal supporters and our staff their backing and their internationally recognized credibility on issues surrounding the natural world. With commitment that spans uniquely varied fields, they bring integrity, authority and trustworthy knowledge to Living with Wolves.

James Gilliland (1933 – 2020)


James GillilandFrom 1993 to 1997, James served by Presidential appointment as the General Counsel of the United States Department of Agriculture, the nation’s senior lawyer on all matters of law and policy involving America’s food, forest, and farm areas. With a staff of 300 lawyers in 27 offices, his responsibilities ranged from controversies over use of the nation’s forests, to agricultural trade issues of GATT and NAFTA, to oversight of the U.S.D.A.’s $100-billion loan portfolio for America’s rural needs, to the enforcement of America’s food safety laws, to nutritional assistance for America’s underserved. James supervised nearly 10,000 cases including the landmark “Spotted Owl Case” that halted all logging on Pacific Northwest public lands, a case that he ultimately helped conclude. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Law School, James served as a partner of the Memphis law firm now named Glankler Brown PLLC, chaired America’s largest national battlefield preservation trust, and sat on several corporate and national nonprofit boards, including the Environmental Law Institute.

Jane Goodall, Ph.D., D.B.E


Dr. Jane Goodall is the Dame Commander of the British Empire. With patience and optimism, Jane entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees, earning their trust. Equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars, she opened a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives.

Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share. The Jane Goodall Institute works to protect the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, but recognizes this can’t be accomplished without a comprehensive approach that addresses the needs of local people who are critical to chimpanzee survival. Jane has been involved with Living with Wolves from its inception.

Barry Lopez (1945 - 2020)


Barry Lopez is an essayist, author, and short-story writer, who has traveled extensively in remote and populated parts of the world. He is the respected author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award, Of Wolves and Men, a National Book Award finalist, and eight additional works of fiction. In his nonfiction, Barry often writes about the relationship between the physical landscape and human culture. A recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Hay Medal, Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science Foundation fellowships, Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction, and other honors, he was also elected a Fellow of The Explorers Club in 2004. Barry has been a key supporter and advisor to Living with Wolves since our earliest days.

Peter Matthiessen (1920 – 2014)


Peter Matthiessen was an author, conservationist, bird-watcher, fly-fisherman, as well as an American novelist, naturalist, and undercover CIA agent. A co-founder of the famed literary magazine, The Paris Review, he was a three-time National Book Award Winner. His masterpieces, The Snow Leopard, winner of the National Book Award for Contemporary Thought in 1979, and a second National Book Award for General Nonfiction in 1980 followed The Tree Where Man Was Born, nominated as a National Book Award finalist in 1972. Author of more than 30 books, Peter remains the only writer to have won the National Book Award in both fiction and nonfiction. His last National Book Award was received in 2008 for the Killing Mr. Watson trilogy. Research for his books led to his dedicated involvement as a prominent environmental activist, while fly fishing with Jim Dutcher in Sun Valley, and his interest in endangered animals resulted in his engagement with Living with Wolves.

Hon. John Tunney (1934 – 2018)


John Tunney represented California in the United States Senate from 1971 until 1977. From 1965 through 1971, he was a member of the House of Representatives to the 89th U.S. Congress, also representing California. As a Senator, John was a member of the Standing Subcommittee on the Environment, and Chair of the Special Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Environment, through which the original Endangered Species Act passed. Among other legislative accomplishments, he served as floor manager of the Conference Report on the original Endangered Species Act, and played a key role in writing the Act. Following his public service, John resumed the practice of law in Los Angeles.

John graduated from Yale University, attended the Academy of International Law at The Hague, Netherlands, and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law. John joined the U.S. Air Force as a Judge Advocate and served until discharged as a captain in 1963. He is the author of The Changing Dream, and also appeared in the 1972 movie, The Candidate, the story of his political career, starring Robert Redford. Although John died in 2018, he lives on in our memories, and through his dedication as an advocate for wolves.

Robert Redford


Robert Redford, an avid environmentalist, is a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council. He met Jim Dutcher 40 years ago, and has been a supporter of Jim’s documentary career, and of Living with Wolves since its inception. Robert provided the foreword to the National Geographic book, The Hidden Life of Wolves, by Jim and Jamie Dutcher. An acclaimed actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and founder of the Sundance Film Festival, he has received two Oscars: one for directing the film Ordinary People, and a second for Lifetime Achievement. He has also been awarded the National Medal of Arts, and received Kennedy Center Honors for his contributions to American culture.

A Letter in Support