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How to Preserve Nature While Hiking

There’s no better way to get a little vacation from the stresses of your everyday routine than to go for a hike, especially along such scenic trails as the Appalachian Trail. However, lots of people going out to hike can end up taking a big toll on the environment. Here are a few tips to help protect the environment. Photo: John Davis

Connectivity for Adapting to the Unexpected

On May 16, I stood at Bryce Canyon’s Yovimpa Point looking through my breath at a dusting of new snow covering the pink slopes. The weather was expected to get worse, with snow above 6,500 feet statewide. My initial plan was to follow the route of an individual deer from her winter range near the Continue reading “Connectivity for Adapting to the Unexpected”

Working with Landowners to Advocate for Red Wolves

After conducting listening sessions in the five counties of the red wolf recovery area, we’re working with local landowners to place cameras on their properties to capture images of wildlife, including black bears and red wolves. We hope that by educating people about native wildlife such as bears, wolves, and coyotes, we aim to amend any misconceptions that may surround these ecologically important species. Photo: Wildlands Network

New State Law Aims to Curb Car-Wildlife Crashes

KTVZ, a local news outlet in central Oregon, covered our press release about the passage of a new bill in Oregon that will map and protect wildlife crossings. The bill requires the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to map wildlife corridors and work with ODOT and other state agencies to protect them, for example, by incorporating wildlife crossings in new development projects. Photo: Noel Reynolds

People Are Helping Animals Cross Highways—And That’s Great for Humans, Too

Chief Scientist Dr. Ron Sutherland spoke with Nation Swell, a digital outlet focused on solutions to problems facing the U.S., about the critical importance of wildlife crossings and our work to establish and protect wildlife crossings through policy at the state and federal levels, with a shout out to the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act that was introduced in May. Photo: Oxana / Adobe Stock

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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

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Bipartisan Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019 Introduced Following UN Report on Global Biodiversity Crisis

The Sierra Sun Times picked up our press release about the introduction of the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019. If passed, the Act will restore habitat and protect America’s native wildlife by establishing a National Wildlife Corridors Program that facilitates the designation of wildlife corridors on federal lands and provides grants to maintain wildlife corridors on non-federal lands. Photo: National Park Service

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Bill Would Create a Wildlife Corridors System to Protect Species

Eos, an outlet covering Earth and space science news,  covered our telepresser about the introduction of the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019, where Dr. Ron Sutherland, our chief scientist, spoke about the critical importance of wildlife corridors to protecting our nation’s imperiled biodiversity. At the briefing, Ron Sutherland, chief scientist with the Wildlands Network, a Continue reading “Bill Would Create a Wildlife Corridors System to Protect Species”

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Wildlife: Bill Seeks to Enhance Healthy Migration Paths for Species

E&E, an outlet focused on energy and the environment, covered the introduction of the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019, which if passed, will restore habitat and protect America’s native wildlife—including pronghorns, monarch butterflies, Florida panthers, and grizzly bears—by establishing a National Wildlife Corridors Program. Photo: Chip Carroon, BLM