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This Giving Tuesday, Support Your Public Lands

Giving Tuesday, the global celebration of charitable giving that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is right around the corner (November 28). This year, our national monuments and public lands are under attack from the Trump Administration, and our critical on-the-ground work within these lands is at risk. Stand with us on Giving Tuesday to keep us moving forward. Photo: Katy Schaffer

Hikers Travel Combined 400 Miles to Help Create International Trail

In this story from northern New York’s Watertown Daily Times, reporter Marcus Wolf covers our own John Davis’s trek along the Algonquin to Adirondack (A2A) connection, which spans across the U.S.-Canada border. John is meeting fellow conservationist John Allport, who is hiking the Canadian side of the A2A connection, in the middle of the trail at Wellesley Island State Park. Photo: John Davis

A female moose dips her head into blue-green water as her calf nuzzles her neck, knee-deep in the water.

Following Alice the Moose along the A2A Wildway

Wildlands Network’s wildways trekker, John Davis, and conservation friends from the U.S. and Canada are exploring the Algonquin to Adirondack connection on the ground this month, simultaneously hiking northwest and southeast from their respective countries toward the St. Lawrence River, to celebrate the historic journey of Alice the Moose along this trail and investigating the possibility of an eventual A2A International Scenic Trail. Photo: William C. Gladish

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For the Wild, 7: Giving Nature

NINETY-ONE YEARS HAVE PASSED since Chile’s first national park was established, and every full-term Chilean president since has expanded the country’s park system. When the presidential photo-op occurred during the recent administrations of Chilean presidents Sebastian Pinera and Ricardo Lagos, there also stood Douglas Tompkins—whose private philanthropy prompted the birth of Chile’s Yendegaia and Corcovado National Parks, among others. Photo: Antonio Vizcaíno

Public Lands Remind Us that Diversity Is Our Strength

Saturday, September 30th is National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest volunteer effort for public lands. While most Americans love their public lands, we recognize that many of our beloved parks and monuments fail to fully embrace the history of the cultures that lived and thrived in these places long before Teddy Roosevelt started protecting them. But that’s quickly changing. Photo: U.S. Department of the Interior

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Rewilding Feature: A Conversation with Jon Huertas

Our celebrity ambassador, Jon Huertas, is a big hit in Hollywood, having played a leading role on “Castle” before taking on his current persona as Miguel on NBC’s blockbuster family drama, “This Is Us.” In this exclusive interview, Jon shares highlights from his recent rafting trip down the Colorado River with Wildlands Network, and tells us about his early introduction to wildlife, his passion for mountain lions, and his commitment to educating young people about why we need wildness. Photo: Tracey Butcher

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For the Wild, 6: Rewilding Our Hearts in the Rage of Humanity

I see “rewilding our hearts” as a dynamic personal journey and transformative exploration that not only fosters the development of corridors of coexistence and compassion for wild animals, but also facilitates connections between our hearts and our brains. In turn, these connections—or reconnections—result in actions that make the lives of animals better. Photo: David Moskowitz

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Daunted Courage, Part III (Finale)

When writer Paula MacKay decided to join Wildlands friends on a float trip down the Upper Missouri River, she stepped out of her comfort zone and into the waterway traveled by Lewis and Clark more than 200 years ago. In the final section of her travel essay, she explores the rewards of river time and the challenges of being a conservationist. Photo: Robert Long