David Petersen

Writer, editor, outdoorsman, conservationist, liberal redneck

In his 70 years, David Petersen has been a Marine Corps helicopter pilot, writer, college writing instructor and magazine editor. In 1980, David and his wife Carolyn moved from Southern California to the rural San Juan Mountains near Durango, Colorado, where they built the cabin David still lives in today. An acclaimed hunting ethicist and conservationist, David founded the Colorado chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, is the former Colorado public lands conservation field director for Trout Unlimited, and served on the Governor’s Roadless Areas Review Task Force. Along the way, David has written a dozen nonfiction books exploring humanity’s proper relation to nature. Petersen also collected and edited the journals, correspondence and poetry of Edward Abbey, and the environmental essays of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist A.B. Guthrie, Jr. Most recently, David and Carolyn were the subjects of the documentary film "On the Wild Edge: Hunting for a Natural Life," by Belgian filmmaker Christopher Daley ( After 36 amazing years together, Carolyn died in 2014, leaving David struggling to stay actively involved in life. He can be contacted via his website at