Bruce S. Kershner (April 17, 1950 - February 16, 2007) was an environmentalist, author and forest ecologist. He was a renowned old growth forest authority, and has discovered almost 300 old growth forests in Eastern North America where previously no one thought they existed. These include the second tallest hardwood forest in Eastern North America, outside of the southern Appalachians, New York State's oldest forest, and the largest assemblage of old growth (the Niagara River corridor). Kershner has published a dozen books including the Sierra Club Guide to Ancient Forests of the Northeast and Secret Places: Scenic Treasures of Western New York and Southern Ontario.
Bruce Kershner has won numerous awards for his environmental activism. These include environmentalist of the year in 1987 and 1988 from the Sierra Club (Niagara Group) and the Adirondack Mountain Club, and 'Environmentalist of the Year in New York State' in 1996 from environmental advocates of New York. Bruce Kershner was serving as the Conservation Chair for the Buffalo Audubon Society.
Kershner died in February 2007, after battling esophageal cancer for a year and a half at the age of 57.