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Wildlands Network is reconnecting nature in North America.

Here's how we do it:

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Wildlands Network in the News: Dead Bears on the Highway

Both Dr. Liz Hillard, wildlife scientist, and Dr. Ron Sutherland, chief scientist, were featured in this article about bear collisions with vehicles near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where we are conducting GPS collaring studies to monitor wildlife movement across roads. Photo: William C. Gladish

News: Marine Matters #1: Penny Becker is Advancing Policy to Protect Southern Resident Orcas

Ocean life is an indelible part of the natural heritage of our Pacific states, but unfortunately, critical marine habitats are fragmented and degraded. In this first post in a new blog post series on the importance of marine life, we spoke with Penny Becker, Conservation Policy Lead at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, about the critical work she and WDFW are doing to protect threatened marine animals like Southern Resident orcas. Photo: Penny Becker

Trusting Wildness

With a nostalgic nod to Wild Earth journal, Trusting Wildness provides an intellectual home for the blending of conservation biology, activism, and ethics.

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Can Natural Value be Restored?

These excerpts from Robert Elliot's essay Can Natural Value Be Restored? explore whether nature, once degraded or spoiled, can every truly be rehabilitated or restored. Photo: Bob Wick, BLM

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No Harm Done

Mollie Matteson's haunting essay on extreme interference with the natural world paints a dark picture of unexpected consequences. Photo: William C. Gladish

Apex Campaigns

Wildlands Network leads critical on-the-ground campaigns to protect wildlife and wild places.

Current Apex Campaigns

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Featured: Wild Cats Campaign

Over the past 200 years, people have brutally eliminated wild cats from much of their native range in North America, diminishing our natural heritage and damaging forest and plant communities as a result. Photo: Larry Masters

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Featured: Red Wolf Campaign

Only 30–50 red wolves currently exist in the wild, all of them inhabiting eastern North Carolina. Red wolves may soon be gone from the wild forever unless the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service takes urgent measures on their behalf. Photo: Wildlands Network

North American Wildways

Wildlife needs to be able to move freely in search of food, mates, and secure habitat. We're working across North America to re-establish vast wildways so wide-ranging animals like cougars, wolves, and wolverines can travel safely through the landscape.

Explore Our Wildways

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An overpass designed specifically for wildlife reduces wildlife-vehicle collisions and helps animals cross the Trans-Canada HIghway at Banff National Park, Alberta. Photo: Adam Ford

Simplified North America map showing green paths of envisioned wildways: Fully across Alaska/Canada, down both coasts, throughout Southeast and Northeast to Great Lakes

Wildlands Policy

Wildlands Network is affecting policy-level change to help advance rewilding on-the-ground. As a science-informed organization, we advocate for new, science-driven laws and policies to protect North American wildlife and their habitats.

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Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act

If passed into law, the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act would channel unprecedented resources toward the creation of wildlife corridors nationwide. Let’s make it happen! Photo: Steve Hillebrand, USFWS

Join Us, For the Wild

To curb the current extinction crisis, we need to reconnect, restore, and rewild habitats across North America. Here are 2 important ways to get involved.

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