Chief of US National Park Service and Monbiot to address conference

The head of the United States National Park Service, Jonathan B. Jarvis, and author and champion of the rewilding movement, George Monbiot,

The head of the United States National Park Service, Jonathan B. Jarvis, and author and champion of the rewilding movement, George Monbiot, are among a range of international experts on landscape and nature who will address the John Muir Conference 2014 in Perth this spring.

The event, in Perth Concert Hall on 12-13 May, will explore innovative solutions for the protection and enhancement of the UK’s most important landscapes, and examine the relevance of Muir’s visionary principles in the 21st century.

The conference, hosted by a group of six landscape, nature and heritage organisations, with the support of the Scottish Government as part of its Year of Homecoming, comes at a time of growing interest in the management of national parks and protected areas.

Stuart Brooks, the chief executive of the John Muir Trust, said: “We are delighted to be part of this ground-breaking conference which we hope will contribute to a national debate on how we protect our wild places, in the centenary year of John Muir’s death.

“This conference will provide a platform to share some excellent and innovative approaches to management of our protected areas and also a place where new ideas and challenges to the status quo can be debated.

“There is an old saying that a prophet is never honoured in his own country, but it is heartening that the prophet of wild land, a son of East Lothian, is now recognised as one of Scotland’s national heroes.

“We can still learn a great deal from him and it would be a fitting legacy to carry forward his campaign to protect wild places in the land of his birth.”

Read full details of the John Muir Conference agenda, including ticket prices, here.