David Petersen has been a Marine Corps helicopter pilot, a college writing instructor and a magazine editor. Starting in 1980, David and his (late) wife Carolyn made their home in the rural San Juan Mountains near Durango, where they hand-built the cabin David still lives in today. An internationally acclaimed hunting ethicist and conservationist, David is the recipient of numerous awards. Additionally, he 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, all having to do with humanity’s relation to nature. Additionally, he collected and edited the journals, correspondence and poetry of Edward Abbey in Confessions of a Barbarian, 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 Cristopher Daley.