Board of Directors

Philosophy

Rewild Tourism is founded on the idea that positive relationships with nature are built through having positive experiences in nature. We believe by reconnecting people with ecologically vibrant spaces, our society can better witness the services nature provides and understand the growing importance of incorporating conservation more effectively into our planning and development systems.

Purpose

Our mission is to create new landscapes and opportunities for people to see, experience, and protect nature. To interact with wildlife, and to fall in love with something our built world can't provide. Through our work, we expand opportunities for co-existence, interaction, and immersion. We stimulate local economies,  improve the human-nature relationship, and design new ways to get outside, have fun, and stay active and healthy.

Process

Using conservation planning tools and Greenprinting,  Rewild Tourism works with communities, businesses, and government officials to plan and create parks, habitat, and other conservation enterprises in landscapes of all scales. Our process is simple:

  1.   Consult local communities

  2.   Assess local landscapes

  3.   Analyse the opportunities

  4.   Develop a collaborative plan

  5.   And assist with implementation

Shane Feyers

Founder & Managing Director

Shane Feyers is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and a master's of environmental management graduate of Yale University. He is currently an Interdisciplinary Ecology PhD student at the University of Florida, conducting research for Rewild Tourism as it relates to conservation enterprise and ecotourism development in the United States. Over the past three years, Shane has completed an ecotourism development assessment in Krasnodar Krai, Russia for a US Department of State/Russian Federation peer exchange program, developed and passed a resolution for the International Union for Conservation of Nature to Improve standards in ecotourism, and traveled to Nairobi National Park to complete a comprehensive situation analysis for Kenya Wildlife Service to develop a new management plan for one of the only urban protected areas in the world that is home to large carnivores. In 2016, Shane started Rewild Tourism with the goal of helping the overlooked people and places of our country. Those with abundant natural capital assets but limited opportunities to use them; the areas that can work for conservation and the economy, but aren't. 

Please reload

Rewild Tourism is in the process of assembling a team of social and natural science consultants to contribute creative and pragmatic ideas, and up-to-date data, to our growing number of ecotourism and conservation enterprise projects. We are looking for people with skills and knowledge in conservation financing, sustainable business modelling, and field ecology. We also invite anyone to submit project ideas or proposals for collaboration. Please email shanefeyers@gmail.com if you are interested in getting involved.

Team

Coming Soon

Partners

Charles Flink

President & Founder of Greenways, Inc. and Senior Advisor for Alta Planning

Chuck Flink is an award-winning planner, designer and author. Chuck is the founder, owner and President of Greenways Incorporated, a consulting firm located in Durham, North Carolina. He is widely regarded as one of America’s leading greenway planners, having completed comprehensive greenway, trail and open space plans for more than 250 communities within 36 States and provided consulting services in Argentina, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Japan and St. Croix, USVI. Flink was elected to the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows in November 2003. He is the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Design at North Carolina State University. Chuck currently serves on the American Trails National Advisory Board and is Chair of the East Coast Greenway National Advisory Board and acts as a Senior Advisor for Alta Trails + Planning. 

Sue Clark

Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Developer, Bovina Mountain Consulting

Sue Clark is a tourism industry professional who has worked with communities and protected areas all over the world to help create place sensitive and sustainable tourism for more than 25 years. Sue is also an academic working with students across the globe on cultural, social, economic and environmental issues related to the impacts of the tourism and the hospitality industries. Sue currently serves on the board for the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development and is consulting on tourism development projects in Indonesia, Florida, and the Catskills.

Ryan Valdez

Senior Manager of Conservation Science, NPCA

Ryan Valdez serves as the Senior Manager for Conservation Science & Policy for National Parks Conservation Association. He facilitates the application of multidisciplinary science focused on air/climate, energy, landscapes, water and wildlife toward conservation strategies helping to protect US national parks. Mr. Valdez specializes in biodiversity mapping, collaborative planning, and the science of nature protection. Ryan previously worked for the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute for over 10 years on various conservation science projects in the field, classroom, laboratory and museum settings. He has managed ecological programs throughout the Americas and East Africa and holds a strong interest in applied GIS. He frequently uses on-line interactive maps to share the story of protecting national parks. In 2010 Ryan founded the George Mason University Kenya Wildlife Study Abroad program and has been expanding and communicating that program to numerous students since then.

Andy Northrop

Community Development and Tourism Extension Specialist, MSU

Andy Northrop is an innovate global leader with over 15 years experience in sustainable development across the United States, Central America, and Asia. In Thailand, Andy established a grass-roots non-government organization designed to support and foster sustainable community development via public and private partnerships to foster ethical and responsible tourism and advance multiple community-driven development projects. In South Korea, he served as faculty designing and leading sustainability education programs for global audiences while consulting for South Korea’s Ministry of Knowledge Economy. In Central America, Andy addressed various community challenges in Guatemala and Costa Rica related to community economic development, social mobility, and cross-cultural understanding . Nationally, Andy led regional voluntourism operations in partnership with national agencies, non-governmental organizations and universities in Southern Florida.  Most recently, he has been serving as a Regional Community Economic Development faculty for land-grant university system. Andy is an active member with National Extension Tourism (NET) Design Team and National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP), Chair of Global Relations Committee with his state chapter of Epsilon Sigma Pi, and serves as board member to MSU Extension Community and Natural Resource Development Association (CNRDA).He is an alumnus from Michigan State University with Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Andy holds certifications in Sustainability Leadership (2015), Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning (2015), and Facilitation Leadership (2013). He is also a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

Aimee Schmidt

Natural Resource Economist and Environmental Risk Analyst, Silver Lining Institute

Aimee is a research analyst who has spent over twelve years developing risk management strategies that increase profitability and enhance comparative advantage based on natural capital value. Aimee's work focuses on advising stakeholders about the socioeconomic benefits of alternative land-use strategies and seeks to couple market valuations with risk management tools to improve conservation success while increasing business profits. 

Please reload

Protecting nature through experience.

© 2015 by Shane Feyers