Our Honorary Board

James Gilliland


James GillilandFrom 1993 to 1997, Jim Gilliland 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.

Jim has 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, Mr. Gilliland served as a partner of the Memphis law firm now named Glankler Brown PLLC, where he is ‘of counsel.’ Until recently, he chaired America’s largest national battlefield preservation trust, and sat on several corporate and national nonprofit boards, including the Environmental Law Institute. Jim and his wife, Lucia, live in Memphis, Tennessee and part time in Jackson, Wyoming.

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


Jane Goodall is the Dame Commander of the British Empire. With patience and optimism, Jane Goodall 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 Goodall’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 Goodall has been involved with Living with Wolves from its inception.

Barry Lopez – Okay


Barry Lopez has been described as “the nation’s premier nature writer” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Lopez’s classic, Of Wolves and Men, won praise from a wide range of reviewers and went on to improve the way books about wild animals are written. Of Wolves and Men reveals humankind’s relationship with the wolf, based on a spectrum of responses running from fear to admiration and affection.

Peter Matthiessen (1920 – 2014)


Author, conservationist, bird-watcher, fly-fisherman and friend. Peter Matthiessen was an American novelist, naturalist, wilderness writer and CIA agent. A co-founder of the literary magazine, The Paris Review, he was a three-time National Book Award winner. He was also a prominent environmental activist.

Hon. John Tunney (1934 – 2018)


John Tunney served as United States Senator from California from 1971 to 1977, following his service as that state’s Representative to the U.S. Congress from 1965 to 1971. As a Senator, Mr. Tunney was the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology and the Environment, and was one of the authors of, and the floor manager of, the original Endangered Species Act.

Senator Tunney is a graduate of Yale University, attended the Academy of International Law at The Hague, and was graduated from the University of Virginia Law School. Mr. Tunney joined the U.S. Air Force as a Judge Advocate, and served until 1963.

He is the author of book The Changing Dream. It is acknowledged that the 1972 film, The Candidate, which starred Robert Redford, was inspired by John Tunney’s campaign.

He is the President of the Museum Board of the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at U.C.L.A. He and his wife, Kathinka, divide their time between California and Idaho, where he is an avid skier and fly fisherman.

Robert Redford


Actor and director Robert Redford’s decades-long passion for filmmaking has been more than matched by his lifelong commitment to the environment. He has worked on behalf of some of the country’s most important environmental legislation, including the clean air and water acts, the Endangered Species Act and the preservation of the Artic National Wildlife Refuge. Mr. Redford met Jim Dutcher in 1978 and has been a supporter of Jim Dutcher’s documentary career, and of Living with Wolves since its inception. He provided the foreword to the National Geographic book, The Hidden Life of Wolves, by Jim and Jamie Dutcher.


A Letter in Support